Common name: Flat Billy-buttons
Leiocarpa brevicompta (F.Muell.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Ixiolaena brevicompta F.Muell. APNI*
Ixiolaena brevicompta F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Bushy usually annual herb to 60 cm high, branching from base; stems glandular-scabrous and woolly-cobwebby.
Leaves oblanceolate to linear, 1.5–3.5 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, vestiture like that of the stems.
Peduncles 4–15 cm long; heads 10–15 mm diam.; involucral bracts ± linear, subequal, glandular-pubescent; inner ones also with cobwebby hairs extending to adjacent bracts and with usually dark brown entire scarious apex. Florets yellow. Fruiting heads long remaining firmly intact; achenes glandular-hairy at apex; pappus bristles 8–13, half to two-thirds as long as the corolla.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in extensive stands on heavy clay soils of river floodplains following major floods; west from Pilliga.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A.
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