Leiocarpa serpens (J.Everett) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Chrysocephalum serpens J.Everett APNI*
Description: Prostrate to ascending, mat-forming herb to 15 cm high, glandular and scaberulous to glabrescent.
Leaves cauling, spathulate, obovate or oblong, flat to slightly inrolled, 10–40 mm long, 1–10 mm wide, glandular, sticky and hispid.
Scape densely glandular, 6.5–9 cm long, heads 9–11 mm diameter with up to 100 florets. Outer bracts with narrow claws and membranous woolly-cliate laminas, bisexual florets campanulate, female florets filiform, corolla bright yellow.
Achenes oblong with 2–4 ribs, pappus a ting of shortly fused barbellate bristles, subplumose at the tip, of female florets absent or of 1 or 2 bristles.
Flowering: Flowers spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Known only from three isolated sites in New south Wales coastal ranges north of Taree.
Restricted to skeletal soils on outcrops of metamorphosed sedimentary rock along the coastal ranges. In open eucalypt forest with grassy understorey.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Threatened species: ROTAP: Recommend 3RC-
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: J. Everett (1999)
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