Melanthera biflora (L.) Wild APNI*
Synonyms: Wedelia biflora (L.) DC. APNI*
Wollastonia biflora (L.) DC. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to c. 1 m high, sometimes more, usually white with closely appressed hairs.
Leaves opposite, ovate to rhombic, generally 2–6 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, petiolate, 3-veined, slightly toothed.
Heads usually in clusters of 3; peduncles, 0.5–8 cm long, leafless; heads c. 10 mm diam.; involucral bracts herbaceous, 2-seriate; receptacle scales like bracts, except usually distinctly veined. Ray florets 10–12, female, ligules yellow. Disc florets tubular, yellow.
Achenes 2–4 mm long, slightly flattened; pappus absent or consisting of 1–3 non-persistent bristles 1 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal areas north from Milton.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
The generic position of this taxon requires investigation.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
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