Common name: Poached Eggs
Polycalymma stuartii F.Muell. & Sond. APNI*
Synonyms: Myriocephalus stuartii (F.Muell. & Sond.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect annual, 10–50 cm high; stems simple or branching basally, hairs glandular and woolly non-glandular.
Leaves linear or linear-lanceolate, c. 2–7 cm long, 1–5 mm wide, ± narrowed at base, subacute, dense-cobwebby to subglabrous, grey-green.
Compound heads broad-hemispherical, shortly pedunculate; general involucral bracts with woolly to glandular-hairy, linear, herbaceous claws and spreading ovate, acute, white, papery laminas; bracts subtending partial heads narrow-elliptic, hyaline, glabrous, with short claw at base; involucral bracts of partial heads 4–9, ovate, hyaline, glabrous, erose. Florets 4–9; corolla 5-toothed, yellow.
Achenes narrow-ovoid, 2–3 mm long, silky; pappus with 9–15 bristles, plumose below, ± tapered and barbellate above.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open areas of sand plains and sand dunes; west from Brewarrina area.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
Text by E. A. Brown and contributors as listed under genus headings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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