Description: Perennial prostrate, creeping herbs (with one exception).
Leaves alternate, margins entire, toothed or pinnatisect, mostly cauline.
Heads terminal, solitary, pedunculate, hemispherical or broadly cup-shaped; involucral bracts 2–several-seriate, imbricate, herbaceous often with ± hyaline margins; receptacle flat to conical, lacking scales. Florets shortly pedicellate or sessile, pedicels persisting after achenes fallen; outer 1–4 whorls of florets female, corolla conspicuous and jointed with ovary; inner florets bisexual but functionally male, sterile, tubular, 4-toothed, style ending in circular disc. Anthers obtuse or acute at base, apical appendage ovate or lanceolate.
Achenes almost globose or tetragonal to compressed, glabrous; pappus absent.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 33 species, mostly New Guinea, New Zealand & Australia. Australia: c. 4 species (endemic), Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas.
Text by E. A. Brown
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Plants hairy, sometimes densely so; peduncles thick||Leptinella filicula|
|Plants glabrous to sparsely hairy; peduncles slender||2|
|2||Leaves tripinnatisect||Leptinella reptans|
|Leaves deeply lobed only, not tripinnatisect|
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