Common name: Common sunray
Triptilodiscus pygmaeus Turcz. APNI*
Synonyms: Helipterum australe (A.Gray) Druce APNI*
Description: Decumbent to erect to 8 cm high, branched at base, pilose.
Leaves linear to oblong, flat, to 20 mm long and 4 mm wide.
Heads subtended by foliage leaves, subglobose, c. 5 mm long; outer involucral bracts scarious, inner cartilaginous, boat-shaped. Florets outwardly curved; outer florets female, corolla 3-toothed, pappus reduced; bisexual florets with corolla urceolate above, c. 2.5 mm long, 4-toothed, yellow; achene narrow-cylindrical c. 2 mm long, scabrous; pappus bristles 3 or 4, equal to corolla, shortly plumose.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in scrub and woodland, often on hard red soils; widespread, from coastal districts west to Nyngan.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by Paul G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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