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Plant Form: Upright annual herbs.
Size: Up to 1 m tall, usually shorter.
Stem: Square in cross-section, covered in rough hairs or bristles, usually green.
Leaves: Small, lance-shaped, rough textured, with whole edges.
Flowers: Yellow, white, orange, purple, pink or red tubular, divided into 2 lips.
Fruit and Seeds: Oval capsules 2-4 mm long turning black with maturity, containing numerous tiny seeds.
Habitat: Pastures, crops, open woodlands, grasslands.
Distinguishing Features: Difficult to distinguish from native Witchweeds (Striga sp) without expert advice.