Symphyotrichum squamatum (Spreng.) G.L.Nesom Bushy Starwort
Phytologia 77:292 (1995)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Thursday 27 June 2002

Slender, erect herb, 0.3-2 m high. Fl. yellow/green/cream/white, Feb to Aug. Loamy soils, peaty sand, deep white sand, granite, laterite, basalt. Banks of creeks, rivers & swamps,winter- wet sites, coastal plains, road verges.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Pilbara, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P2, Dandaragan Plateau, Eastern Goldfield, Geraldton Hills, Hamersley, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

IMCRA Regions: Abrolhos Islands, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, Pilbara (nearshore), Tweed-Moreton, WA South Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Bayswater, Belmont, Boddington, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Busselton, Canning, Cockburn, Dardanup, Denmark, East Pilbara, Esperance, Gingin, Gosnells, Greater Geraldton, Harvey, Irwin, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Manjimup, Melville, Mingenew, Murray, Narrogin, Nedlands, Northam, Northampton, Pingelly, Plantagenet, Port Hedland, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, South Perth, Stirling, Swan, Victoria Plains, Wandering.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

Alternative Names. Southeastern Annual Saltmarsh Aster, Aster weed Marsh Aster, , Shrub Aster Wild Aster.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Wind.

Notes. May also be biennial or short-lived perennial. Also naturalised in Europe, Mediterranean region, United States, Central America. Colonises disturbed wetlands. Summer-growing. Is an indicator for sites with high salinity and low/moderate waterlogging.

Additional information. Origin. South America. Similar exotic species. Conyza spp.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand remove isolated plants before seed set. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination                   U U U  
Active Growth Y Y                   Y  
Flowering Y Y Y                 Y  
Fruiting O Y Y O                  
Manual Removal Y O                   Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program (2009) Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: - Accessed October 2009.

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