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Argyrotegium fordianum (M.Gray) J.M.Ward & I.Breitwieser
Family Asteraceae
Argyrotegium fordianum (M.Gray) J.M.Ward & I.Breitwieser APNI*

Synonyms: Euchiton fordianus (M.Gray) P.S.Short APNI*
Gnaphalium fordianum M.Gray APNI*
Gnaphalium sp. H sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*

Description: Erect or ascending creeping and tufted perennial herb to 20 cm high.

Leaves basal and cauline, narrow-oblanceolate to spathulate, 1.5–3 cm long, 5–10 mm wide, apex minutely mucronate, base narrowed and stem-clasping, both surfaces silvery-tomentose, and glabrous at apex.

Heads woolly at the base, 2–4 mm diam., up to 8 in terminal panicles on leafy, woolly peduncles that elongate to 20 cm at maturity; involucral bracts shining, green-brown at the base, pale at the tip, red-tinged in between.

Achenes obovate, 1.2–1.4 mm long, microscopically papillate, glabrous; pappus bristles fused at the base, c. 5 mm long, minutely barbellate.


Flowering: December–March

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on bare patches in herbfields and grassland or on creek banks in alpine and subalpine areas; south from Kosciusko district.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by E. A. Brown and contributors as listed under genus headings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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