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Genus Stuartina Family Asteraceae

Description: Small annual herbs, softly white woolly, with prostrate to ascending stems.

Leaves mostly cauline, alternate; lamina spathulate, circular to broad-obovate, margins mostly entire, petiolate.

Heads minute, sessile in crowded clusters, surrounded by a general involucre of leaves; involucral bracts imbricate in several rows, scarious, unequal, with rigid recurved or hooked apices; receptacle minute, naked. Ray florets absent; outer disc florets few, female, fertile, filiform, contracted at the apex; inner disc florets few, bisexual, fertile, tubular, 5-toothed. Anthers tailed at the base. Style branches of outer florets subulate, of inner florets truncate.

Achenes terete, papillose; pappus absent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, Vic., S.A.

Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Apices of inner involucral bracts with rigid pale yellow hooked awns, extending from the midrib. Inflorescences all terminalStuartina hamata
Apices of inner involucral bracts shortly acuminate, recurved, brownish, not extending from the midrib. Inflorescences terminal and axillaryStuartina muelleri

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