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Common name: Clustered Everlasting, Yellow Buttons
Chrysocephalum semipapposum (Labill.) Steetz APNI*
Synonyms: Helichrysum semipapposum (Labill.) DC. APNI*
Helichrysum adonidiforme Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum f. maidenii Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum f. sulcaticaule Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum f. abrotaniforme Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum f. readeri Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum var. tasmanicum Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum f. porrectum Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum f. adonifdiforme Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum f. sarcodes Gand. APNI*
Helichrysum semipapposum var. brevifolium Ewart APNI*
Description: Variable aromatic perennial herb 15–60 cm high with numerous wiry stems; branches ± woolly and with inconspicuous glandular hairs.
Leaves linear, 0.2–5 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex acute to apiculate, flat or margins ± recurved, indumentum as on branches, often slightly denser on lower surface.
Heads in compact corymbose clusters, or rarely heads solitary, terminal on usually leafy branches, shortly pedunculate, campanulate to obconical, 5–7 mm long, 6–7 mm diam.; involucral bracts 8–10-seriate, innermost usually longest; outer bracts woolly; inner bracts erect, about equal to the florets.
Achenes oblong-obovoid, 4-angled, slightly compressed, glabrous or papillose; pappus bristles finely barbellate and white for two-thirds of their length, upper third bright yellow and subplumose, of bisexual florets 6–12, of female florets 3–6.
Flowering: Flowers most of year but mainly spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in woodland and grassland of hills or mountains or on isolated rocky rises, widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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