Common name: Cannonball Burr
Dissocarpus paradoxus (R.Br.) F.Muell. ex Ulbr. APNI*
Synonyms: Sclerolaena paradoxa R.Br. APNI*
Bassia paradoxa (R.Br.) F.Muell. APNI*
Bassia paradoxa (R.Br.) F.Muell.var. paradoxa APNI*
Dissocarpus paradoxus var. paradoxus (R.Br.) ex F.Muell. & Ulbr. APNI*
Dissocarpus paradoxa G.M.Cunn., W.E.Mulham, P.L.Milthorpe & J.H.Leigh orth. var. APNI*
Description: Erect annual or short-lived perennial to c. 50 cm high, hairy.
Leaves to c. 15 mm long, hairy.
Flowers usually 8–15, fused for most of their length, with spiny appendages.
Fruiting head a hard, woody, tomentose spinescent sphere 10–15 mm diam. Seeds released as the woody head decomposes.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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