*Soliva sessilis

Family Asteraceae


Small, diffuse, prostrate, stemless, annual herb; leaves radical, branches stolon like. Longevity less than 1 year.

Flowers: Pale greenish-yellow, August – December.

Fruit: Achene 3 – 4 mm long, with wings and spine 3 mm long, forming a burr. Mature August – December.

Seed: Dispersed by adhesion to machinery, shoes or paws.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of South America.
  • Weed of grasslands, lawns and roadsides in full sun.
  • Common in mown grassy areas at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Soliva sessilis plant

Soliva sessilis flower