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Coronidium scorpioides (Labill.) Paul G.Wilson
Family Asteraceae
Common name: Button Everlasting

Coronidium scorpioides (Labill.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*

Synonyms: Helichrysum scorpioides Labill. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb usually 20–50 cm high, with a woody rootstock; stems several, ascending, mostly unbranched, ± woolly and minutely glandular.

Leaves oblanceolate to ± linear, mostly 4.5–9 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, margins recurved, upper surface scabrous-pubescent and glandular-hairy, lower surface paler and ± woolly.

Heads solitary, terminal, peduncles usually 10–20 cm long, depressed-hemispherical, 1–1.5 cm long, eventually 2–3 cm diam.; intermediate involucral bracts longest, laminas of the bracts spreading at flowering, outermost bracts usually dark brown, intermediate bracts yellowish, 8–12 mm long. Florets numerous, all bisexual.

Achenes oblong-fusiform, ± angular, brown, glabrous; pappus bristles not or scarcely fused, entire at base, white and barbellate for most of their length, apex yellow, with a few long barbs.

Photo J. Plaza

Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in stringybark forest on ± disturbed sites, generally on clay-loam soils; south from Gibraltar Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Paul Wilson, in Nuytsia 18:295-329 (2008), places Helichrysum rutidolepis in synonymy with Helichrysum scorpioides (= Coronidium scorpioides). NSW herbarium maintains H. rutidolepis as a distinct species.

Text by J. Everett, edited C. Herscovitch 3 Sep 2009.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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