Celmisia tomentella M. Gray & Given APNI*
Synonyms: Celmisia sp. B sensu Brown (1992) APNI*
Celmisia asteliifolia auct. non Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Spreading, scaly- rhizomed herb.
Leaves oblanceolate, narrow-lanceolate or linear, recurved or revolute, 5–20(–30) cm long, (1.5–)5–15(–25) mm wide, dark green to grey-green above, lower surface with a thin silvery membranous cover rupturing to reveal a very short, dull tomentum of cream flattened hairs.
Scape to 60 cm high. Heads 6–8 cm diameter, intermediate bracts narrowly triangular to subulate, fimbriate, tomentose to glabrescent, purple-tinged at the tip, ligules 10–25 mm long, white to mauve-tipped.
Achenes 5–13 mm long, with short hairs or sub-glabrous, pappus of unequal, scabrous bristles 7–12 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers December to February.
Distribution and occurrence: Scattered, in colonies.
Grows in subalpine woodland, heath and bogs.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by M. Gray and D. Given (1999)
Taxon concept: M. Gray and D. Given.
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