Common name: Alpine Sunray
Leucochrysum alpinum (F.Muell.) R.J.Dennis & N.G.Walsh APNI*
Synonyms: Leucochrysum albicans subsp. alpinum (F.Muell.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Helipterum incanum var. alpinum F.Muell. APNI*
Helipterum albicans subsp. alpinum (F.Muell.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Description: Perennial, cottony herbs to c. 50 cm high, woody at base
Leaves whitish-cottony or -woolly.
Flower heads 2–5 cm diam., hemispherical, bracts reflexed in fruit; outer involucral bracts sessile, oblong or ovate, usually brownish or purplish; intermediate bracts with glandular-hairy claws to 6 mm long, laminae 6–15 mm long, yellow or white, base cottony; inner bracts with a shorter lamina and a scariously-winged claw.
Achenes c. obovoid, 2–3 mm long, obscurely angled, brown, smooth to c. warty; pappus bristles 14–20.
Flowering: Flowers summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Confined to treeless alpine and high subalpine heathlands and grasslands of the Australian Alps, usually on shallow soils derived from basalt, granite or sedimentary parent material. Altitude range c. 1500–2100 m a.s.l.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
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