Common name: Purple Burr-daisy
Calotis cuneifolia R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial erect or prostrate herb to 60 cm high, ± woody at base; septate-hairy.
Basal leaves petiolate, soon withering; cauline leaves cuneate to spathulate, 8–40 mm long, 5–20 mm wide, base broad auriculate, margins toothed towards apex, lamina sparsely hairy, sessile.
Heads 6–20 mm diam., solitary or in loose leafy cymes of 2 or 3; involucral bracts lanceolate, acute, scabrous-hairy and with scattered glandular hairs; receptacle conical, without scales. Ray florets white, blue or purple; ligule 3–9 mm long.
Achenes 0.8–1.6 mm long, glabrous, with narrow marginal ridges; pappus of 2–4 rigid awns, barbed towards apex; with 2–4 basal scales, incurved at the margins.
Flowering: throughout year, but mainly in spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on a wide variety of soil types and situations.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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