Description: Shrubs or subshrubs with the young branches and lower surface of the leaves white- or rusty-tomentose.
Leaves alternate, usually small; stipules papery, brown, usually persistent.
Flowers sessile in small heads or rarely solitary, surrounded by small persistent brown bracts, heads usually clustered, often in a corymbose cyme, the outer heads each with a subtending floral leaf similar to the stem leaves or smaller. Flowers small, densely white-tomentose. Hypanthium short, fused to or shortly free above the ovary, but not above the disc. Petals hooded, usually enclosing the anthers. Disc annular or divided into 5 glands.
Capsule enclosed in the hypanthium and crowned by the persistent sepals.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 30 species, endemic Australia. Australia: N.S.W., Vic., Tas., S.A., W.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxa not yet included in identification key
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves apparently terete, linear with strongly revolute margins, less than 1 mm wide||Spyridium eriocephalum|
|Leaves flat, more or less circular to elliptic or obcordate with margins recurved, lamina more than 3 mm wide||2|
|2||Subshrub less than 50 cm high; leaves obcordate, less than 8 mm long||Spyridium cinereum|
|Shrub more than 50 cm high; leaves circular to elliptic, mostly more than 8 mm long|
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