Calocephalus lacteus Less. APNI*
Description: Ascending perennial 5–70 cm high.
Leaves mainly opposite, obovate to oblanceolate to linear, 1–5 cm long, 1–4.5 mm wide, tomentose, upper leaves with hyaline tip.
Compound heads globose or ellipsoid, 0.6–1.5 cm long, with 20–200 heads, general involucre absent, bracts 9–16, flat to conduplicate, 1.5–3.3 mm long, mainly hyaline but the tip white, glabrous or long-fimbriate, heads with 2–3 florets.
Achenes subobconical, with pappus of 6–11 bristles, plumose at the tip.
Flowering: Flowers November to March.
Distribution and occurrence: Scattered.
Grows in grassy, low-lying areas subject to inundation, tolerating salinity.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by P.S. Short (1999)
Taxon concept: P.S. Short (1999)
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