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Genus Xerochrysum Family Asteraceae

Description: Perennial herbs.

Leaves alternate, sessile, partially stem-clasping, entire, hairs glandular or cottony on both surfaces.

Heads solitary or several in a branched inflorescence, terminal, heterogamous, involucral bracts 8–12 seriate, rigid, opaque, yellow, white or pink, intermediate bracts longest, receptacle flat, with scales. Florets yellow. Anthers with concave appendages

Achenes quadrangular, glabrous; pappus barbellate.


Distribution and occurrence: World: more than 13 species, with some undescribed, all in Australia.

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Anderberg in Kubitzki (2007) the Families and Genera of Vascular Plants 8:283 and Wilson, P.G.(2017) An examination of the Australian genus Xerochrysum (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) Nuytsia 28: 11-38

 Key to the species 
1Claw of medial involucral bracts with several veins that terminate at its apex2
Claw of medial involucral bracts with a central vein that passes into the lamina3
2Stem and leaves markedly viscous, stems strongly scabrous with stiff hairsXerochrysum viscosum
Stem and leaves cottony or woolly; leaves scabrous-pubescent, especially on margins
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Xerochrysum bracteatum
3Leaves glabrous or with cottony hairs on the margins; involucral bracts smooth; grows in swampsXerochrysum palustre
Leaves sparsely to moderately cottony; involucral bracts minutely scabrid abaxially; grows in open sites often on slopes chiefly in the Kosciusko area
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Xerochrysum subundulatum

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