||Spur flower; referring to the flower having spur-like bases
|| Dotted with glands
||Ampherephis aristata Kunth, Amphibecis violacea (Schrank) Schrank, Centratherum aristatum Cass.
||Brazilian Button Flower, Larkdaisy, Brazilian Bachelor's Button, Porcupine Flower
||Exotic: Cultivated only
||Philippines to Australia
Centratherum punctatum is an exotic cultivated garden herb. Leaves are oppositely arranged, and have serrated margins, and have winged petioles. The showy purple flower clusters of about 3cm wide is most distinctive.
PIER (1999) rated the Brazilian Button Flower as a high risk weed as it has naturalised and turned invasive in several Pacific Islands.
Form of the Brazilian Button Weed.
Leaves are serrated.
The flower cluster.
Seeds being eaten by beetle larvae.
ReferencesPIER (1999) Centratherum punctatum. Pacific Island Ecosystem at Risk (PIER), Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry. http://www.hear.org/pier/. Accessed on 24-Aug-2013.
Posted: 2013-08-24 / Modified: 2015-01-11