Common name: Snow-wort
Abrotanella nivigena (F.Muell.) F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, < 5–7 cm high, dense-tufted or with short stem, underground stock ± woody, glabrous.
Leaves crowded, linear, 8–14 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, fleshy, apex obtuse, base sheathing, margins of sheath ± ciliate.
Heads solitary; peduncles usually shorter than leaves, becoming longer in fruit; involucral bracts c. 3 mm long, some outer bracts shorter; obtuse or truncate, herbaceous with narrowly scarious margins ± tinged red-brown. Florets c. 20, not strongly dimorphic, inner florets male. Outer achenes obconic, c. 2 mm long, ± 4-angled and brown, tip frequently dark red-brown. Inner achenes infertile, about two-thirds the size of outer and often ± flattened.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine grassland, herbfields and boggy areas; south from Kosciusko N.P.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RCa
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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