Lordhowea insularis (Benth.) B.Nord. APNI*
Description: Shrub, loosely branched, to 2 m tall.
Leaves glabrous, slightly succulent; petiole 2–5 cm long; lamina lanceolate to elliptic, (6-) 7–11 cm long, (2-) 2.5–5 cm broad, attenuate onto petiole, slightly thickened on margins with c. 7 or 8 large, dentate lobes each 3–10 mm long, acute at apex.
Capitula cylindrical, c. 15–25 in an almost flat-topped corymb; involucral bracts usually 8, oblong-lanceolate, 6–7 mm long, glabrous except at the shortly pubescent apex; bracteoles 3 or 4, 0.5–1 mm long, near base of capitula. Ligulate florets 5–7, pale yellow, fading to whitish; disc florets c. 10–20.
Cypselas narrowly cylindrical, 3–5 mm long; pappus of many fine, soft bristles, 6–7 mm long.
Flowering: May to Aug
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island
Widespread & common; low ridges to mountain tops, in open moist forest areas.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
2n = 38
Text by P.S. Green
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49, Oceanic Islands 1
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