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.
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
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
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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