Common name: Woolly-headed Burr-daisy
Calotis plumulifera F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Calotis multicaulis (Turcz.) Druce APNI*
Description: Erect or ascending annual herb to 50 cm high; branched, sparsely hairy.
Basal leaves petiolate, soon withering; cauline leaves cuneate to oblanceolate, 1.5–5 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, margins toothed or lobed at the apex, lamina sparsely hairy, sessile.
Heads 6–15 mm diam., in loose leafy cymes; involucral bracts, narrow-lanceolate, acute, pubescent; receptacle conical, without scales. Ray florets white to mauve; ligule 3–4 mm long, Achenes 1.5–3 mm long, woolly with tangled hairs, with broad, curved wings, long-woolly on the margins; pappus of 12–18 awns, 0.5–2 mm long, with prominent plumose barbs.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows mostly in mallee, mulga and saltbush communities on sandy loams, often near creeks or on floodplains; north from Wentworth.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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