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Genus Angianthus Family Asteraceae

Description: Annual herbs (only one a perennial shrub); stems prostrate to erect, glabrous or hairy, simple or branched.

Leaves usually alternate, sessile, entire, ± hairy.

Heads compound; general involucral bracts usually inconspicuous, outer leaf-like, inner with hyaline apices; partial heads 20–numerous, with 1–4 subtending bracts; general receptacle usually cylindrical to narrow-oblong; bracts of partial heads usually 4, the 2 outer conduplicate and surrounding 0–2 inner flat bracts. Florets 1–3; corolla tubular, usually 5-toothed, bisexual. Anthers with basal tail. Style branches truncate.

Achenes ellipsoid or ± obovoid; glabrous, pubescent or papillose; pappus bristly, paleaceous, corona-like or absent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 15 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W., S.A., W.A.

Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Pappus cup-shaped, more or less jagged, sometimes with 1 or 2 bristles less than two-thirds as long as the corolla tube; plants more or less woollyAngianthus brachypappus
Pappus of 2 or 3 jagged scales, each terminating in 1 or 2 subplumose bristles more or less as long as corolla tube; plants woollyAngianthus tomentosus

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