Sphagneticola trilobata (ASTERACEAE) Singapore Daisy

Weeds to Whack

A very bad weed along creeks, rapidly invades, somewhat resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides, becomes a dense monoculture. Very difficult to remove. Native to South America. Stems are rounded, sometimes hairy, sometimes reddish. The stems can trail (grow) to 4 m, rooting at the nodes. The main stem supports secondary short flowering branches. Singapore Daisy is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species.

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Flowers and Foliage

Leaves are opposite, with three lobes and serrated margins. All parts of the plant must be removed, cooked out in mulch piles, or taken off site.
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Flower Close-up

The daisy flower-heads are born on single stalks, with up to 13 petals (ray florets). Seeds are capped with a crown of short scales. Synonym is Wedelia trilobata.

Photo: Robert Whyte