Description: Annual & perennial herbs, woolly with fine septate hairs and often with minute glandular hairs, or glabrescent.
Leaves in a basal rosette and cauline, alternate, entire.
Inflorescence of terminal heads, solitary or in contracted to elongated cymes, usually discoid to radiate; heads campanulate to hemispherical, usually with scale leaves at the peduncle apex merging with involucral bracts; outer bracts sessile, scarious; intermediate bracts, when differentiated, with scarious laminas on successively longer rigid linear claws. Outer florets yellow, rarely white, in 1 row, female, fertile, tubular to ligulate, rarely absent. Disc florets yellow, rarely white, bisexual, fertile, tubular, 5-toothed. Style branches truncate.
Achenes terete, papillose; pappus of numerous bristles, barbellate to shortly plumose, free or fused at the base only, rarely absent from outer florets.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 18 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.
Text by J. Everett; updated Louisa Murray July 2016
Taxa not yet included in identification key
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|1||Peduncles apex naked below the involucre||2|
|Scale leaves present towards the apex of peduncles, merging into outer involucral bracts||3|
|2||Stems divaricate; involucre white or greenish; inner involucral bracts free||Podolepis capillaris|
|Stems sparsely branched; involucre straw-coloured; inner involucral bracts fused to form a leathery cup|
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|3||Laminas of intermediate involucral bracts transversely wrinkled||4|
|Laminas of intermediate involucral bracts smooth|
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|4||Heads to 6 mm diam., to 10 mm long||Podolepis arachnoidea|
|Heads 15–25 mm wide, to 15 mm long|
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|5||Lamina of intermediate involucral bracts triangular or narrow-acuminate, not obscuring the claws of adjacent bracts||6|
|Lamina of intermediate involucral bracts ovate, more or less obscuring the claws of adjacent bracts|
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|6||Laminas shorter than claws, triangular, the claws distinct, glandular, cartilaginous||Podolepis longipedata|
|Laminas subequal to or shorter than claws, narrow- acuminate; claws not abruptly differentiated, glabrous, leathery with a pale centre and green margin|
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|7||Laminas acuminate, more or less reflexed||Podolepis jaceoides|
|Laminas obtusely ovate, loosely appressed|
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|8||Leaves oblong to spathulate, broadly sheathing at base, glabrous or glabrescent with loosely woolly hairs; upper leaves usually undulate; scapes broad, always woolly||Podolepis robusta|
|Leaves lanceolate or oblanceolate, stem-clasping but rarely broadly sheathing at the base, usually scabrous with coarse hairs especially on upper surface; upper leaves with entire margins; scapes wiry, usually glabrescent but glabrescent when young|
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