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Common name: Annual trampweed
Facelis retusa (Lam.) Sch.Bip. APNI*
Description: Annual herb, 5–30 cm high, with decumbent stems.
Leaves crowded, spathulate, emarginate, often mucronate, 1–2 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, margins recurved, glabrous above, white-woolly below, stem-clasping.
Heads in short terminal racemes, 4–7 mm diam., cylindrical; involucral bracts 3- or 4-seriate, 6–11 mm long, not radiating, lanceolate, herbaceous, apex hyaline and with purple markings, outer shorter, ovate, hyaline, silvery-white. Florets numerous, all tubular, white.
Achenes 1–1.5 mm long, silky; pappus of numerous capillary hairs 9–15 mm long, each bearing numerous fine, barbellate interlacing branches.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed near habitation, grows on light and well-drained soils; chiefly from Alstonville to Ulladulla district. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CWS
Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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