Common name: Cudweed
Gamochaeta calviceps (Fernald) Cabrera APNI*
Synonyms: Gnaphalium calviceps Fernald APNI*
Description: Erect or ± prostrate annual herb, 0.1–0.2 m high.
Leaves narrow-lanceolate to narrow-obovate to spathulate, 1.5–3 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute and mucronate, base slightly stem-clasping, both surfaces white-tomentose.
Heads woolly at the base, 1.5–3 mm diam., in axillary clusters forming a leafy panicle, subtended by several ovate to obovate hyaline bracts; involucral bracts oblong, scarious, green to straw-coloured, obtuse to acute, margins and tips hyaline.
Achenes 0.4–0.6 mm long, microscopically papillate, light brown, oblong to obovoid; pappus bristles c. 2 mm long, cohering at the base.
Flowering: mainly October–December
Distribution and occurrence: Common in disturbed areas; south from Grafton. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by E. A. Brown and contributors as listed under genus headings
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