Common name: Pale Beauty-heads
Calocephalus sonderi F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Calocephalus sp. aff. sonderi sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Annual herb; branches erect or ascending, 10–50 cm high, woolly, grey to silvery.
Leaves mostly alternate, linear to lanceolate, usually 2–3 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, tomentose, base cuneate and sheathing to ± decurrent in upper leaves; upper leaves smaller, with non-hairy appendage at apex.
Compound heads globose to ovoid, pale yellow or white in some forms; general involucral bracts inconspicuous; partial heads with 1–3 florets, bracts 7–10, flat to concave, uppermost part ± constricted and crinkled, sometimes reflexed, yellow to yellow-orange or white, woolly along midrib to apex.
Achenes 0.6–1 mm long, minute-papillose; pappus of 6–8 plumose bristles, united at base into small cup.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassland or open woodland, on sandy to clay soils; widespread in inland divisions.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Calocephalus species (aff. sonderi) is a simple colour variant within this species.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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