Ammobium craspedioides Benth. APNI*
Description: Perennial with simple, single-headed stems, usually 30–60 cm high; stems unbranched, scarcely winged, ± woolly.
Basal leaves oblong to lanceolate, lamina 3–12 cm long, 10–17 mm wide, apex acute; upper surface with multicellular scale-like hairs, lower surface woolly, petiole 10–30 mm long, winged; cauline leaves few, smaller.
Heads c. 10–20 mm diam.; involucral bracts c. 10 mm long, scarious, straw-coloured, with jagged edges, shorter than florets; receptacle scales rigidly scarious, broad, usually truncate with jagged edges, slight mucro often present. Florets yellow.
Achenes c. 4 mm long, smooth, pale brown; pappus cup c. 1–1.5 mm long with awns up to 1.5 mm long or absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll woodland, forest and on roadsides, rare, confined to the Yass district.
NSW subdivisions: ST, SWS, CWS
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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