Capeweed (Arctotheca calendula)

Capeweed (Arctotheca calendula), fearsome, tiny, glorious invader of just about anywhere with sun, destroyer of worlds. In Yarra Park, and anywhere else you might choose to look mid-Spring. One of the earliest and most pervasive introductions from South Africa, Capeweed was reported in WA and SA from the 1850s, and likely established in Victoria concurrent with these introductions or shortly thereafter. It is not only a cheery blight on the city’s domestic and public lawns, but also an agricultural competitor and an aggressive invader of natural areas throughout the country, particularly in coastal and semi-/arid environments.

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