Coronidium gunnianum (Hook.) N.G.Walsh APNI*
Description: Erect perennial to c. 50 cm high, sparingly branched.
Leaves linear to oblanceolate, attenuate at base, 15–65 mm long, 1–9 mm wide, discolourous, firm textured, upper surface smooth, glabrous or with sparse, appressed cottony hairs, sometimes with scattered glands; lower surface obsured by appressed cottony hairs and abundant sessile glands; apex acuminate, not mucronate, margins recurved to revolute.
Flower heads solitary, subglobular to depressed-turbinate, 10–25 mm diameter. Involucral bracts in 5–8 rows, pale yellow to brownish-yellow, transversely wrinkled. Florets with corolla 3.5–5 mm long, the outer containing some female only florets.
Achenes cylindrical, 1.3–1.9 mm long, glabrous, obscurely 4-ribbed. Pappus slightly shorter to slightly longer than florets, female florets with pappus reduced or lacking.
Flowering: Flowers November to June.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs through south-eastern Australia from central-eastern New South Wales, north-eastern to south-western Victoria, south-eastern South Australia and eastern Tasmania. A solitary collection apparently from Glen Innes in north-eastern New South Wales (Rupp s.n., NSW 597121) is an isolated outlier.
Principally a species of grasslands and riverine woodlands (under Eucalyptus camaldulensis) on soils that are prone to inundation. Mostly at low elevations (under c. 100 m a.s.l.), but many populations on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are from elevations above 700 m, and the Glen Innes collection was probably from around 1000 m.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by Louisa Murray (January 2016)
Taxon concept: Walsh, N. (2014) A revision of the Coronidium scorpioides (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) complex. Muelleria 32: 16-33.
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