Common name: Goathead Burr
Sclerolaena bicornis Lindl. APNI*
Synonyms: Bassia bicornis (Lindl.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect to spreading perennial to c. 80 cm high, branches densely hairy.
Leaves linear, usually succulent, to c. 25 mm long, glabrous to hairy.
Fruiting perianth globose, 5–8 mm diam., hairy; spines 2, mostly divergent, occasionally almost parallel, to c. 15 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, particularly in overgrazed areas of the inland; naturalized in Coast division.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Spines 10–15 mm long; fruiting perianth 7–8 mm diam||var. bicornis|
|Spines to 5 mm long; fruiting perianth c. 5 mm diam||var. horrida|
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