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Centrolepis strigosa (R.Br.) Poir.
Family Centrolepidaceae
Centrolepis strigosa (R.Br.) Poir. APNI*

Description: Annual tufted herb 2–11 cm high.

Leaves numerous, radiating, sheath with multicellular hairs, margins hyaline; lamina 7–30 mm long, c. 0.4 mm wide, hairs erect, rarely glabrous.

Scape terete, 1–10 cm long, glabrous or with fine hairs; heads ovoid, 3–4 mm long, 2–4 mm wide. Primary bracts separated by 1–2 mm long internode, gaping, subequal; bracts with sheath abruptly contracted into glabrous mucro c. 0.5 mm long; sheath herbaceous with narrow-hyaline margins, hairy. Pseudanthia 10–20, bisexual; secondary bracts 2 (or 3) per pseudanthium, 2–2.5 mm long, hyaline, usually truncate, erose, with additional secondary bracts between pseudanthia. Female flowers 4–8 per pseudanthium.

Seeds ovoid, c. 0.5 mm long.


Flowering: September–November

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, scrub, mallee, woodland and sclerophyll forest on sand or infertile soils; mostly east and north of the A.C.T., but recorded in scattered localities west to Deniliquin.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. strigosa

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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