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Rutidosis leiolepis F.Muell.
Family Asteraceae
Rutidosis leiolepis F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb 10–30 cm high, densely tufted from a woody base, lower stems covered with remains of old leaf bases; stems ± woolly.

Leaves chiefly basal, linear to narrow-lanceolate, 2–10 cm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, margins recurved, upper surface sparsely hairy to ± glabrous, lower surface mostly shortly woolly.

Scapes 1-headed, < 15 cm long; heads broad-hemispherical, 8–15 mm diam.; involucral bracts 6–10 mm long; outer bracts short and scarious from the base; inner bracts scarious with a dry cuneate base. Florets numerous, all bisexual, 6–7 mm long; corolla yellow.

Achenes narrow-obovoid, c. 2 mm long, angular, brown, papillose; pappus of 5–7 spathulate scales, 1.5 mm long, whitish, ciliate.

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in higher-altitude grassland of the Cooma and Kiandra districts; rare.
NSW subdivisions: ST

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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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