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Genus Glossocardia Family Asteraceae

Description: Glabrous perennials with thick caudex; stems erect, branched.

Leaves few; radial leaves crowded, long petiolate, pinnately parted; cauline leaves alternate.

Flowerheads small, solitary or few in corymbs, heterogamous. Involucral bracts 1–4 seriate, outer bracts oblong, slightly connate, somewhat inflated at base; inner narrowed, flat. Ray florets in one row, pistillate, fertile, corollas spreading, 3-toothed. Disc florets tubular, bisexual, corollas 4-lobed. Anthers obtuse at base.

Achenes glabrous, flattened dorsally, linear, truncate. Pappus of 2 retrorsely scabrid awns.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 11species on northern Africa, tropical Asia to southern Australia and the Pacific Islands; one species in Taiwan. Aust.: 1 species (native)

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Veldkamp, J.F. & Kreffer, L.A. (1991). Notes on southeast Asian and Australian Coreopsidinae (Asteraceae). Blumea 35(2): 459-482.

One species in NSW: Glossocardia bidens

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