Common name: Hooked Cudweed
Stuartina hamata Philipson APNI*
Description: Herb 2.5–10 cm high.
Leaves with lamina spathulate, circular to broad-obovate, 5–18 mm long, 4–12 mm wide, apex often apiculate, margins entire, upper surface green and sparsely woolly, lower surface densely white woolly; petiole 9–24 mm long, dilated and stem-clasping at the base.
Heads in terminal ovoid to globose clusters of 10–25, 6–10 mm diam.; involucral bracts 5- or 6-seriate, 1–3 mm long, yellowish, woolly, inner successively longer, glabrous, produced into rigid hooked awns.
Achenes cylindrical to ellipsoid, 0.7–0.9 mm long.
Flowering: late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mallee, dry sclerophyll forest and woodland and on rocky hillsides; widespread in inland districts, west from Armidale and Bungendore areas.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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