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Common name: Satin Everlasting
Helichrysum leucopsideum DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Xerochrysum leucopsideum (DC.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Description: Perennial herb 15–50 cm high with a woody rootstock, branched or unbranched, erect to ascending, ± woolly and with scattered inconspicuous glandular hairs.
Leaves narrow-oblanceolate or linear, mostly 2–5 cm long, 1–5 mm wide, lamina discolorous, upper surface glabrescent or sparsely woolly, lower surface densely woolly, both surface with scattered minute glandular hairs.
Heads terminal, usually solitary or sometimes 2 or 3 in an open leafy corymb, heads hemispherical, 1.5–2.2 cm long, 2.5–3.5 cm diam.; involucral bracts spreading or reflexed at maturity, intermediate ones longest; outermost bracts papery, white; intermediate bracts 10–14 mm long, mostly papery, white (sometimes tinged pink in bud), claws woolly. Florets numerous, all bisexual.
Achenes oblong, 4-angled with 4 ribs, glabrous; pappus of many white, barbellate bristles, scarcely fused at base.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mallee or coastal scrub on deep sand; south from Cobar district.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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