Common name: Woolly-heads
Myriocephalus pluriflorus (J.M.Black) D.A.Cooke APNI*
Synonyms: Myriocephalus rhizocephalus var. pluriflorus J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Prostrate annual herb, 2–8 cm high, stems 1 to several, ± covered by leaf bases, woolly.
Leaves linear, 5–25 mm long, 0.6–1 mm wide, obtuse to subacute, erect, glabrous to sparse-woolly, bright green.
Compound heads broad-hemispherical, sessile and slightly exceeded by 2–8 upcurved leaves; bracts erect, obovate to broad-lanceolate, hyaline with green midribs, woolly with apex subacute and glabrous, grading into narrower bracts subtending the partial heads; involucral bracts of partial heads similar, 5–7, oblanceolate, woolly, hyaline with ± green midrib. Florets 4 or 5; corolla 3- or 4-toothed, pale yellow.
Achenes fusiform, c. 2 mm long, sparsely hairy; pappus 1 simple, erect bristle 1.5–2 mm long, occasionally absent.
Flowering: early spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moister areas on sand dunes, and mallee type communities, north from Barmedman.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: W.A. S.A.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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