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Euchiton sphaericus (Willd.) Holub APNI*
Synonyms: Gnaphalium sphaericum Willd. APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb 5–50 cm high, rarely biennial.
Basal leaves obovate, with narrowed base and obtuse apex, soon withering; cauline leaves oblanceolate to spathulate or narrow-elliptic, 1–7 cm long, 3–14 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute and mucronate, base narrowed, margins recurved and often undulate, lamina flat, midvein distinct, upper surface green and glabrous to slightly cobwebby, lower surface white- or green-tomentose.
Heads 1–1.5 mm diam., in a dense globose terminal cluster subtended by 5–8 leafy bracts far exceeding the heads, smaller clusters occasionally in upper axils; involucral bracts elliptic to linear, acute, glabrous, green near the base, straw-coloured and scarious above, sometimes tinged purple.
Achenes fusiform, c. 0.7 mm long, brown; pappus bristles 5–8, c. 2 mm long, cohering at base, non-persistent, falling away in groups, barbellate apically.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in various habitats.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by E. A. Brown and contributors as listed under genus headings
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