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Craspedia leucantha F.Muell.
Family Asteraceae
Craspedia leucantha F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Lanky, mostly glabrous herb, with scapes to 45 cm high; roots thick, spreading.

Leaves stem-clasping, bright green, glabrous or sparsely hairy with margins ± woolly; basal leaves closely overlapping and cream to red at the base, spathulate, 4–25 cm long, 5–25 mm wide; upper leaves lanceolate, to 13 cm long, 3–20 mm wide.

Compound heads hemispherical, 10–25 mm diam., with 20–50 partial heads; partial heads with 4–8 florets, main bract glabrous to woolly and with broad brown scarious margins; scape brown to purple-red, glabrous or loosely woolly upwards. Corollas creamy-white.

Achenes 1–3 mm long; pappus of 12–19 plumose hairs 3–5 mm long.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in seepage areas on stony slopes and creek banks, and below semi-permanent snow patches; in Kosciusko region.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RCat
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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