Common name: Bears-ear
Cymbonotus lawsonianus Gaudich. APNI*
Synonyms: Arctotis australiensis Beauverd APNI*
Description: Annual herb to 30 cm high.
Leaves erect or spreading, ovate to lanceolate, to 25 cm long, 2–9 cm wide, entire or toothed; upper surface dark or lime green, pubescent or nearly glabrous, lower surface white woolly.
Heads 10–20 mm diam., peduncle 0–9 cm long, cottony hairy; involucral bracts 3-seriate, woolly, outer involucral bracts spreading, 5–10 mm long. Ray florets 10–20, yellow, corolla laminae 4–11 mm long.
Achenes obovoid, 2.0–2.8 mm long, brown to black, strongly curved.
Flowering: Throughout the year, probably in response to rain, but most commonly in spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in south easetrn Queensland, in the Darling Downs district from Toowoomba to the NSW border, throughout NSW, in northern Victoria, South Asutralia and Tasmania.
Grows in a range of situations such as open forest, roadsides and disturbed areas. Also occurs as a weed of lawns and gradens.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by L. Murray, edited C. Herscovitch Sep 2008 per Telopea 11(3):266-275 (2006)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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