Coronidium rutidolepis (DC.) N.G.Walsh APNI*
Synonyms: Helichrysum rutidolepis DC. APNI*
Description: Decumbent to ascending, freely branching perennial to c. 50 cm high.
Leaves narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, 25–70 cm long, 1.5–15 mm wide, more or less amplexicaule, sometimes auriculate, papery, upper surface scabridulous with scattered glands otherwise glabrous or cottony; lower surface smooth, with abundant sessile glands, tapering to a mucro 1.5 mm long; margins flat to revolute.
Flower heads solitary, subglobular, 15–18 mm diameter. Involucral bracts in 5–8 rows, pale to browish-yellow, traversely wrinkled. Florets with corolla 2.5–4 mm long, outer series usually female only.
Achenes of outer female florets lacking a pappus, or few-1 bristles attached centipetally.
Flowering: Flowers December to June.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to New South Wales between Grafton and Nowra, coastal and along the Dividing Range.
Found in moist forests and in rainforest margins from near sea-level to c. 1250 metres.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWP
Text by Louisa Murray (January 2016)
Taxon concept: Walsh, N. (2014) A revision of the Coronidium scorpioides (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) complex. Muelleria 32: 16-33.
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