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Genus Cymbonotus Family Asteraceae

Description: Perennial or annual herbs; stems short, white-tomentose, with longer glandular hairs.

Leaves forming a rosette, toothed to deeply pinnatisect, flat.

Heads broad-campanulate, solitary, terminal, pedunculate; involucral bracts 2- or 3-seriate, herbaceous with scarious margins; receptacle slightly convex with small scales, pitted. Ray florets in 1 row, female, fertile, ligulate; disc florets bisexual, fertile, corolla narrowly campanulate and glandular pubescent; all florets yellow. Anthers sagittate at base, apical appendage ovate. Style branches ovate and glabrous in ray florets; ± fused, obtuse in disc florets.

Achenes asymmetrically obovoid, ridged on one side, glabrous; pappus absent.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: 3 species, endemic to Australia. Occurs in all States except Northern Territory.

Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves usually 4–10 cm long; heads on short, stout, woolly peduncles; peduncles shorter than leaves2
Leaves usually 10–30 cm long; heads on long woolly peduncles; peduncles as long as or longer than leavesCymbonotus maidenii
2Achenes c. 2.5 mm long, curved, pubescent, with an almost smooth convex face, and cavernous concave faceCymbonotus lawsonianus
Achenes c. 3 mm long, straight, glabrous, wrinkled on all faces
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Cymbonotus preissianus

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