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Genus Waitzia Family Asteraceae

Description: Annual woolly herbs, often with glandular hairs.

Leaves mostly cauline, alternate, sessile, entire, recurved [or flat].

Heads in terminal leafy corymbs, woolly at the base, pedicellate to subsessile; involucral bracts in many series, herbaceous or stiff at the base, the tips papery, spreading, yellow to orange-red, the outer ovate to lanceolate, the inner with a green or brown linear claw at the base and an ovate to lanceolate, papery lamina; receptacle flat, naked, pitted. Florets all alike, narrowly funnel-shaped, bisexual, fertile, 5-merous, yellow. Anthers tailed at the base, with lanceolate terminal appendages.

Achenes papillose, compressed with a linear apical extension (beak); pappus a single row of white or yellow, barbellate or plumose bristles.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 7 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all mainland States except Qld.

Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Heads elongate; laminas of involucral bracts acuminate, the tips spreading, the firm, woolly bases obviousWaitzia acuminata
Heads hemispherical; laminas of involucral bracts ovate, the tips overlapping and obscuring the bases of the inner bractsWaitzia citrina

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