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Genus Gnephosis Family Asteraceae

Description: Annual herbs, major axes erect or ascending, simple or branching, scale-like glandular hairs present or absent.

Leaves alternate, sometimes ± opposite, sessile, entire. Compound heads terminal, narrow-ellipsoid to oblong cylindrical, general involucre lacking or inconspicuous, general receptacle unbranched; partial heads c. 10–300, each with 1–16 bisexual florets, subtending bract hyaline; involucral bracts of partial heads, c. 2–12, flat to concave, ± constricted in the upper part, margins entire to hairy, whorled or paired. Corollas tubular, 3–5-toothed. Anthers with apical appendage, tailed. Style branches truncate, with short sweeping hairs.

Achenes ± obconical, ± papillose, pink or pale purple (often brownish when infertile); pappus absent or cup-shaped or with bristles.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 10 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all mainland States.

Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Pappus absent; achenes enveloped in long hairsGnephosis eriocarpa
Pappus present, cup-shaped; achenes smooth or papillose2
2Florets usually 3–5 per headGnephosis tenuissima
Florets 2 per head
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Gnephosis arachnoidea

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