Arctotheca calendula (weed)

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Author(s): Jean Tosti
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Arctotheca calendula (weed) (L.) Levyns - (capeweed)

The species is widely distributed and an important pasture weed in some regions. In Australia, it is further a host for the red-legged earth mite (Halotydeus destructor), a serious pasture pest. The name 'capeweed' refers to its South African origin, however, it has been introduced into various other temperate and subtropical regions. Apart from infesting pastures and lawns, it is weedy in a number of agricultural crops and orchards. It is also common in disturbed sites, roadsides and waste areas.