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Genus Elachanthus Family Asteraceae

Description: Small annual herbs with non-glandular hairs.

Leaves cauline, alternate, margins entire, sessile.

Heads terminal, solitary, pedunculate; involucral bracts 2-seriate with 1 to 2 outer shorter ones, herbaceous with scarious margins; receptacle convex, naked, pitted. Outer florets 2–3-seriate, female, fertile; corolla tubular, narrowed and 2- or 3-toothed at apex. Inner florets 2–5, bisexual, sterile, tubular, 3–5-toothed; corolla widened at apex; anthers obtuse at base, apical appendage short and acute.

Achenes with 2-fid hairs; pappus of scales longer than involucre and corolla.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, endemic Australia. Australia: N.S.W., Vic., N.T., S.A., W.A.

Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Stems and leaves finely hairy; fertile achenes densely hairy with stiff brown or white hairs, whole plant green or greyishElachanthus pusillus
Plant glabrous; fertile achenes with white sericeous hairs only in between the ribs; whole plant yellow-greenElachanthus glaber

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