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Genus Calyptocarpus Family Asteraceae

Description: Small annual or perennial herbs, usually procumbent or prostrate

Leaves opposite, petiolate, crenate-serrate.

Inflorescences with flower heads solitary or in small dense clusters, radiate. About five involucral bracts. Receptacle with flat or concave paleae. Ray florets female, small, yellow, ligule 3-lobed; disc florets bisexual, 4-merous, yellow.

Achenes obconical, compressed,lacking wings. Pappus of two awns and usually 2 or 3 short scales.


Distribution and occurrence: World 2-5 species native to the Americas (Texas to Guatemala and Argentina) and West Indies; NSW 1 species naturalised.

Text by Lawrence Mou
Taxon concept: Bremer, K. (1994)

One species in NSW: Calyptocarpus vialis

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