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Picris angustifolia DC.
Family Asteraceae
Picris angustifolia DC. APNI*

Description: Annual to perennial, 7–140 cm high, with sparse to dense simple and 2-fid hooked hairs, stems few-branched.

Leaves few, petiolate below, sessile above, linear to narrow-ovate or oblanceolate, to 40 cm long, 3.5 cm wide, obtuse to acute, entire to dentate.

Peduncles with up to 6 bracts below the head, heads 3–10 mm diameter,in loose terminal corymbs, involucral bracts with lines of simple and 2-fid hooked hairs, ligules 7–19 mm long, ligules 7–19 mm long.

Cypselas 3–11 mm long, with beak usually shorter than body, pappus of bristles 4–10.5 mm long.


Flowering: Flowers September to April.

Distribution and occurrence: Not common.

Grows in scrub, grassy woodland, alpine herbfields or open sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, ?SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by Walsh & Entwisle (1999)
Taxon concept: Lack & Holzapfel (1993)

 Key to the subspecies 
1Heads in flower 0.8–1.0 cm long, in fruit 0.8–1.2 cm long; achenes with very short to short cuspis, hairs along midrib on involucral bracts, if present in a single linesubsp. carolorum-henricorum
Heads in flower 1.0–1.4 cm long, in fruit 1.2–1.8 cm long; achenes with short to very long cuspis, hairs along midrib of involucral bracts, if present in a single or mutiple line2
2Heads often in a cyme panicle, achenes mostly 5–6 mm long, cuspis c. a sixth to one tenth of the length of the achene; indumentum on outer involucral bracts fine usually if hairs present in a single linesubsp. merxmuelleri
Heads mostly in a loose panicle, achenes mostly 2–10 mm long, cuspis about a third to half the length of the achene; indumentum on outer involucral bracts hispid, if present in multiple lines
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subsp. angustifolia

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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