Common name: Brazilian Button Flower
Centratherum punctatum Cass. APNI*
Synonyms: Centratherum punctatum subsp. punctatum Cass. APNI*
Description: Sprawling to erect annual herb, 0.5–1 m high, divaricate-branched, woody at base; stems slightly ridged, densely hairy.
Leaves obovate, 2–6 cm long, 6–20 mm wide, apex acute, with 10–18 pairs of acute teeth, lamina glabrous to sparsely hairy, gland-dotted; petiolate.
Heads hemispherical to globose, 20–25 mm diameter; involucral bracts oblong to lanceolate, with spreading, ± purplish, scarious, tips ciliate to fimbriate, outer bracts 12–25 mm long, inner 5–7 mm long, glandular. Florets mauve to purple.
Achenes ± cylindrical, glabrous; pappus bristles not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of South America.
Grows in pasture.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by M. F. Porteners
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