Common name: Beach Daisy
Arctotheca populifolia (P.J.Bergius) Norl. APNI*
Synonyms: Arctotis populifolia APNI*
Cryptostemma niveum APNI*
Arctotheca nivea (L.f.) Lewin APNI*
Description: Perennial succulent herb to 30 cm high, white-felted; stems robust, prostrate to ascending, branched, ribbed.
Leaves mostly cauline, ovate to oblate, lamina 2–6 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, margins entire or slightly toothed; petiole to 8 cm long, stem-clasping.
Peduncles erect, tomentose, 3–11 cm long; heads hemispherical, 15–20 mm diam.; involucral bracts 3- or 4-seriate, broad-lanceolate, tomentose, inner with scarious margins. Ray and disc florets yellow; ligules 5–7 mm long.
Achenes c. 5 mm long, enveloped in whitish wool; pappus minute obtuse scales.
Flowering: most of year.
Distribution and occurrence: Pioneer of beach sand on front dunes with Spinifex; south from Laurieton area. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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