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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 decipiens

 Key to the species 
1Peduncles apex naked below the involucre2
Scale leaves present towards the apex of peduncles, merging into outer involucral bracts4
2Outer florets with small mostly white ligulesPodolepis capillaris
All florets tubular and yellow
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3Disc florets longer than bracts; inner involucral bracts fused to form leathery cupPodolepis muelleri
All florets shorter than the bracts; inner involucral bracts not as above
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Podolepis tepperi
4Laminas of intermediate involucral bracts transversely wrinkled5
Laminas of intermediate involucral bracts smooth
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6
5Heads to 6 mm diam., to 10 mm longPodolepis arachnoidea
Heads 15–25 mm wide, to 15 mm long
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Podolepis canescens
6Lamina of intermediate involucral bracts triangular or narrow-acuminate, not obscuring the claws of adjacent bracts7
Lamina of intermediate involucral bracts ovate, more or less obscuring the claws of adjacent bracts
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7Laminas 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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8
8Flowerhead drying golden brown; lower cauline leaf 10–40 mm widePodolepis neglecta
Flowerhead drying straw coloured;lower cauline leaf 10–20 mm wide
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Podolepis omissa
9Laminas acuminate, more or less reflexedPodolepis jaceoides
Laminas obtusely ovate, loosely appressed
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10
10Leaves broadly sheathing at the base; upper leaves entire with undulate margins11
Leaves stem-clasping; upper leaves with entire margins, but not undulating
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12
11Basal leaves bright green and glabrousPodolepis robusta
Basal leaves greyish when young becoming green with short, crisped multicellular hairs overlain by fine arachnoid hairs, the latter usually denser on the abaxial surface, becoming sparser with age
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Podolepis laciniata
12Leaves lanceolate or oblanceolate, scape mostly glabrousPodolepis hieracioides
Leaves ovate to obovate; scape always woolly hairy
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Podolepis monticola

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