Chondrilla junceaCommon name: Skeleton Weed

Meaning of name: Chondrilla is the name given to this genus. Juncea is from the Latin word junceus meaning rush-like.

Distribution: Occurs in the south-west of Western Australia from Geraldton to Esperance.

Description: A plant to 1 metre tall. The flowers are mainly produced in summer (December – February) but can occur throughout the year.

Notes: This plant is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. 

Skeleton Weed is a declared plant and needs to be removed.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. Third edition, A.S. George 2019.

Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 2007.

Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.

Florabase https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/7925

DPIRD https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/skeletonweed/skeleton-weed-declared-pest?page=0%2C0#smartpaging_toc_p0_s4_h3