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Plant Form Perennial herb Size Up to 1 m tall. Stem Wiry, almost leafless. Leaves Lower part dissected, up to 40-200 x 15-50 mm, but soon disappearing; stem leaves few, small and reduced. Flowers Yellow, of dandelion type with small tongue-shaped florets, in groups of 1-3, 3-4 mm diameter. Fruit and Seeds 8-10 mm long, naked, with parachuting hairs 6-7 mm long. Habitat Arid and semi-arid open scrubland and cropping land. Distinguishing Features Wiry, bare stems and dissected rosette on ground. Impacts Forms dense thickets, reduces crop yields.