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Genus Myriocephalus Family Asteraceae

Description: Annual herbs with cobwebby non-glandular hairs; stems terete.

Leaves basal or alternate, entire, sessile.

Heads compound, terminal, with general involucre of scarious or coloured bracts; partial heads minute, each subtended by a scarious bract, with 1–9 florets and 2–5 involucral bracts. Florets tubular, bisexual, 3- or 5-toothed. Anthers with basal tail and subulate apical appendage. Style branches flattened; truncate, with tufts of hairs or dilated papillose apices.

Achenes subterete, smooth, ± hairy; pappus 1-seriate, consisting of simple or plumose bristles, a hyaline scale or absent.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 10 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all states except Tas.

Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves far longer than inflorescence, linear and 2–7 cm long; partial heads 1- or 2-flowered, bracts hardened and fused at baseMyriocephalus rhizocephalus
Leaves not or hardly exceeding inflorescence, linear and 5–25 mm long; partial heads 4- or 5-flowered, bracts not hardened or fusedMyriocephalus pluriflorus

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