Description: Perennial herbs with woody rootstock.
Leaves alternate, cauline, entire.
Heads solitary on slender peduncles; heads hemispherical; involucral bracts multiseriate, stiff and scarious, the inner with narrow flattened stipes and sometimes with white radiating laminas; receptacle flat, naked. Florets numerous, bisexual. Corollas narrow-cylindrical, actinomorphic. Anthers with firm filiform tails. Styles with apex rounded to acute.
Achenes ellipsoid, 2–3 mm high, glabrous, with thin translucent pericarp; pappus of several barbellate bristles, persistent but eventually breaking shortly above base.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.
Text by Paul G. Wilson; key Louisa Murray Feb 2016
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves spathulate; flower heads 12–15 mm diameter||Anemocarpa podolepidium|
|Leaves oblong to narrow-ovate; flower heads c. 20 cm diameter||Anemocarpa saxatilis|