Common name: Hairy Stinkweed
Opercularia hispida Spreng. APNI*
Description: Prostrate to erect herb; stems numerous arising from a central taproot, with sparse to dense spreading hairs.
Leaves ovate to lanceolate, 1–3.5 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, apex mostly acute, lamina ± hairy; petiole 1–8 mm long.
Compound flowering heads on recurved peduncles mostly 2–15 mm long. Calyx lobes 0.5–1 mm long. Corolla 1.5–3 mm long. Fruiting head 4–10 mm diam.; fruit minutely hirsute; seeds with outer surface transversely wrinkled, inner surface ± pitted.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in sandy soils, often among rocks and on creek banks; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by T. A. James & W. K. Allen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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