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Cassinia leptocephala F.Muell.
Family Asteraceae
Cassinia leptocephala F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Large robust woody shrub to 3 m high; stems reddish and densely hairy with spreading yellowish glandular hairs.

Leaves stiff, linear, 5–8 cm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, apex mucronate and slightly reflexed, base stem-clasping, margins strongly revolute, lower surface with midrib prominent, pale, densely scabrous with spreading stiff glandular hairs from tubercle bases.

Inflorescence a dense umbel-like corymb to 12 cm diam. Heads linear, 2–5 mm long, 0.6–1 mm diam., very tightly packed, inwardly curved; involucral bracts in 3 or 4 imbricate rows; outermost loose, hyaline and golden, glabrous or woolly at the base or woolly at apex and margins, the innermost appressed, broad-acute, hyaline, apex opaque bright yellow or greenish yellow. Florets 2 or 3, pale yellow.

Achenes c. 0.6 mm long, pubescent; pappus c. 2.5 mm long.


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Distribution and occurrence: In dry sclerophyll forest, from the Sydney area to New England N.P. and west to the Nandewar and Warrumbungle Ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, NWS, CWS
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Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Outermost involucral bracts glabrous or woolly only at the base, the hairs inconspicuoussubsp. leptocephala
Outermost involucral bracts woolly especially at the tip and upper margins so that the heads of a whole branch are covered in a woolly matsubsp. everettiae

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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