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Plant Form: Upright annual herb.
Size: Up to 3 m tall.
Stem: Upright, relatively thick, square, sparsely branched, covered in fine white hairs.
Leaves: Egg-shaped in opposite pairs with toothed edges up to 20 cm long. Larger towards base.
Flowers: Orange and tubular in spherical clusters at intervals on stems.
Fruit and Seeds: In hard, very spiky balls, 4-lobed capsule with 4 nutlets, 1 seed per nutlet.
Habitat: Roadsides, wasteland, pastures, riverbanks, rangelands.
Distinguishing Features: Distinguished from other Lion's tails (Leonotis species) by wider leaves and smaller flowers.
Environmental, Agricultural, Invasive Garden Escapee