Common name: Clustered Sunray
Rhodanthe microglossa (Maiden & Betche) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Helipterum corymbiflorum var. microglossum APNI*
Helipterum microglossum Tate APNI*
Helipterum microglossum Maiden & Betche APNI*
Description: Ascending woolly annual to 15 cm high, branching at base.
Leaves linear to narrow-oblong or elliptic, c. 20 mm long, 2–5 mm wide.
Heads in compact terminal leafy clusters; heads radiant, cylindrical to turbinate, c. 8 mm long; outer involucral bracts elliptic, pale brown; inner involucral bracts elliptic with a short oblong white lamina 1.5–2 mm long. Florets c. 12. Corollas cylindrical, c. 4 mm long, shortly lobed.
Achenes narrow-turbinate, c. 2 mm long, silky-pilose; pappus persistent, equal to corolla.
Distribution and occurrence: Often grows in Bladder Saltbush and Black Bluebush communities on sandy, often saline soils or saline brown gibber soils on semi-desert plains, north from Broken Hill district.
NSW subdivisions: SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A. N.T.
Text by Paul G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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