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Common name: Spreading Nut-heads
Epaltes australis Less. APNI*
Synonyms: Sphaeromorpha australis (Less.) Kitam. APNI*
Sphaeromorphaea australis (Less.) Kitam. APNI*
Description: Aromatic herb, 3–25 cm high, ± glabrous; stems prostrate to ascending, sparsely branched.
Leaves spathulate to obovate or cuneate, ± obtuse, 1–6 cm long, 4–15 mm wide, crenate or broadly toothed, tapering into a slender petiole.
Heads bisexual, mostly axillary, solitary, sessile to shortly pedunculate, yellowish; involucral bracts obovate, obtuse to rounded, glabrous, sometimes minutely toothed towards apex. Outer florets very numerous; inner florets fewer, fertile, exceeding female florets.
Achenes 1–1.5 mm long, glandular; pappus a small scarious rim.
Flowering: mostly spring–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in temporarily flooded areas; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, NWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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