(Chondrilla juncea L. (Sunflower family) Asteraceae)

GROWTH HABIT: Perennial, 1 to 4 feet tall.

LEAVES: Form in a basal rosette, sharply toothed, and wither as the flower stem develops. Leaves of the stem are inconspicuous, narrow and entire.

STEMS:  Starting at the stem base for 4 to 6 inches, stems usually have downwardly bent coarse hairs; smooth stems above.

FLOWER:  Flowering heads are scattered on branches, approximately 3/4 inch diameter, with 7 to 15 yellow, strap-shaped flowers.

ROOTS: Extensive and deep root system makes skeletonweed difficult to control.

SEEDS: Pale brown to nearly black, about 1/8 inch long. Body of seed is several-ribbed, smooth below with tiny scaly projections above, terminated by a long beak with numerous soft white bristles.

OTHER: Cut surfaces of the leaves and stems exude a milky latex. Flowering and seed production occur from mid-July through frost.

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