Eryngium expansum F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect to spreading short-lived perennial herb, 15–60 cm high, with dichotomous branching pattern.
Basal leaves oblong or obovate, 5–8 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, with coarse spinose lobes and narrow petiole; stem leaves 10–20 mm long, deeply 3–5-lobed and spinose-toothed.
Inflorescence axillary, ± sessile, with flower heads ± globose, 3–5 mm long and diam.; bracts greenish, narrow-lanceolate, 7–13.5 mm long, apex spinose. Flowers white or greenish.
Fruit 2–2.5 mm long, covered with bladdery scales; sepals persistent but inconspicuous.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on moist soils of rainforest margins and tracks and on creek banks, paddocks and disturbed sites on loam clay or alluvium; north from Dorrigo district.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by J. M. Powell & B. M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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