Leaves form rosette with flowers in centre

Burrs in centre of each rosette (leaves removed)

Close up of burrs

Scientific Name

Soliva sessilis


Soliva pterosperma

Common Names

 bondii, jo-jo, bindyi, lawn burweed


South America




Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a common weed of lawns. It is a small, prostrate, rosette-forming annual which may have branched stems. The branched stems may root at the nodes and form additional rosettes.

Leaves are basal and in clusters on short stems forming a rosette. Leaves are deeply-lobed, sheathing at base, with sparse hairs especially on lower surface.

A single flower head forms in the centre of each rosette. 

Fruit is a burr with short, sharp curved spines found in the centre of each rosette.

Other plants easily confused with this plant

S. anthemifolia and S. stolonifera are easily confused with S. pterosperma. S. anthemifolia (dwarf jojo or onehunga) has soft spines and rarely has stolons (horizontal above ground stem which roots at the nodes). S. stolonifera does form stolons and is distinguished by its globular flower heads.

Sources & References

"Weeds - an illustrated botanical guide to weeds of Australia" by B. A. Auld and R. W. Medd

"Plantnet FloraOnline"  



Prepared by Justin KY Chu, July 2005

Updated by Bev Debrincat, September, 2010