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Genus Podolepis Family Asteraceae

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
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Podolepis laciniata,    Podolepis monticola,    Podolepis omissa,    Podolepis tepperi

 Key to the species 
1Peduncles apex naked below the involucre2
Scale leaves present towards the apex of peduncles, merging into outer involucral bracts3
2Stems divaricate; involucre white or greenish; inner involucral bracts freePodolepis capillaris
Stems sparsely branched; involucre straw-coloured; inner involucral bracts fused to form a leathery cup
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Podolepis muelleri
3Laminas of intermediate involucral bracts transversely wrinkled4
Laminas of intermediate involucral bracts smooth
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4Heads to 6 mm diam., to 10 mm longPodolepis arachnoidea
Heads 15–25 mm wide, to 15 mm long
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Podolepis canescens
5Lamina of intermediate involucral bracts triangular or narrow-acuminate, not obscuring the claws of adjacent bracts6
Lamina of intermediate involucral bracts ovate, more or less obscuring the claws of adjacent bracts
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6Laminas shorter than claws, triangular, the claws distinct, glandular, cartilaginousPodolepis 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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Podolepis neglecta
7Laminas acuminate, more or less reflexedPodolepis jaceoides
Laminas obtusely ovate, loosely appressed
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8Leaves oblong to spathulate, broadly sheathing at base, glabrous or glabrescent with loosely woolly hairs; upper leaves usually undulate; scapes broad, always woollyPodolepis 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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Podolepis hieracioides

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