Common name: Common White Sunray
Rhodanthe floribunda (DC.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Helipterum floribundum DC. APNI*
Description: Erect to ascending annual branching at base, to 30 cm high, woolly to almost glabrous.
Leaves sessile, oblong to linear, 10–20 mm long, 0.5–2 mm wide, apex obtuse.
Heads terminating short leafy branches; heads hemispherical, 10–15 mm long, glabrous; involucral bracts multiseriate, all white (or the outer tinged brown), scarious, acute, all erect or the innermost spreading. Flowers numerous. Corollas yellow, c. 5 mm long, unequally 5-toothed.
Achenes turbinate, c. 3 mm long, silky-pilose; pappus bristles linear-acuminate, slightly shorter than corolla, united in a tube towards base, plumose at apex, not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in most communities on sand or clay soils, north and west from West Wyalong.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Paul G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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