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Craspedia alba J.Everett & Joy Thomps.
Family Asteraceae
Common name: White Billy-buttons

Craspedia alba J.Everett & Joy Thomps. APNI*

Synonyms: Craspedia sp. h sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Craspedia sp. A sensu Thompson (1981) APNI*

Description: Herb with a single scape 9–15 cm high; roots thick, spreading.

Leaves mostly basal, oblong to narrow-oblanceolate, 1.5–5 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, often folded; upper surface brown with a silvery covering of appressed hairs, lower surface similar or glabrescent; margins entire or undulate, glabrescent or silky; upper leaves decurrent.

Compound head hemispherical, 10–15 mm diam., with c. 30–60 partial heads; partial heads with 4 or 5 florets, main bract woolly at base and with broad dark brown scarious margins; scape red with dense silvery hairs. Corollas white.

Achenes 1–1.5 mm long; pappus of 12–18 colourless plumose hairs 2–3 mm long.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist depressions and alpine bogs, often with leaves partly submerged; south from Kosciusko area.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RC-
AVH map***

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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