Common name: White Flatweed
Hypochaeris microcephala (Sch.Bip.) Cabrera APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, 10–40 cm high, taproot fleshy, stems glabrous to hairy.
Basal leaves oblong in outline, 5–15 cm long, 15–30 mm wide, margins toothed, sinuate to pinnatifid, base narrowed to a broad-winged petiole-like base, lamina glabrous to hairy (hairs on lower surface of midvein); cauline leaves (if present) similar, sessile, reducing upwards.
Heads solitary, on branched stems; heads 4–10 mm diam. Florets white.
Achenes with a slender cylindrical body c. 5 mm long tapering to a slender beak c. 5 mm long; pappus 1 row of plumose bristles, 5–8 mm long.
Flowering: mainly spring, but also summer–autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed areas and lawns, north from western Sydney. Native of Eur., Asia & Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *NWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by L. Murray
|N.S.W. occurrences are: var. albiflora|
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