Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Campuloclinium macrocephalum (Less.) DC.
pom pom weed
Highly Invasive, Potential major problem species
Origin: South America (Argentina and Brazil)
Growth Form: Herb
Plant Description: Plant: Erect, perennial herb with fluffy, pink flowerheads; stems green to purplish, up to 1.3 m high, dying back annually to a root crown; roots thickened, tuber-like; stems and leaves covered with rough, bristly hairs. Leaves: Light green, lanceolate-elliptic, up to 80 mm long x 20 mm wide, margins serrated, becoming small and more distant upwards. Flowers: Pink (single flower), surrounded by purple bracts, in compact terminal heads 15 mm long x 25 mm wide, December–March. Fruit: Brown, one-seeded achenes, 5 mm long, ringed with a tuft of bristles.
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Comments: This species should be given high priority as it has only just started spreading within Swaziland.
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