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Craspedia aurantia J.Everett & Joy Thomps.
Family Asteraceae
Craspedia aurantia J.Everett & Joy Thomps. APNI*

Synonyms: Craspedia sp. D sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Craspedia sp. F sensu Thompson (1981) APNI*

Description: Herb with a single scape 15–60 cm high, roots thick, spreading.

Leaves mainly basal, spathulate, 2–16 cm long, 2–25 mm wide, apex acute to broad-acuminate, base ± attenuate, surfaces sparsely hairy with multiseptate hairs or glabrous; upper leaves lanceolate, 0.5–12.5 cm long, 1–16 mm wide, base stem-clasping.

Compound head globose to hemispherical, 15–30 mm diam., with c. 40–90 partial heads; partial heads with 5–10 florets, main bract herbaceous with hairs at the base and on the margins, and with scarious margins or lobes; scape yellowish to red-brown, hairy. Corollas orange.

Achenes 0.5–1.5 mm long; pappus of 14–19 plumose hairs 2–5 mm long.


Flower
Photo D. Hardin

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassland at higher subalpine levels; south from Mt Gingera (A.C.T.).
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Occasionally in sheltered alpine sites this species appears to hybridize with yellow-flowered species.

Text by J. Everett & A. N. L. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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