Common name: Star Cudweed
Euchiton involucratus (G.Forst.) Holub APNI*
Synonyms: Gnaphalium involucratum G.Forst. APNI*
Gnaphalium collinum var. monocephalum Hook.f. APNI*
Gnaphalium sp. J (aff. sphaericum) APNI*
Description: Ascending stoloniferous woolly perennial 12–50 cm high.
Basal leaves linear, 10–20 cm long, apex acute, soon withering; cauline leaves linear to narrow-elliptic, 3–20 cm long, 2.5–10 mm wide, apex acute, base slightly stem-clasping, margins entire and often recurved, midvein distinct, upper surface green and glabrous, lower surface silvery-tomentose.
Heads 1.5–3.5 mm diam., in a dense terminal cluster subtended by 3–5 lanceolate leafy bracts far exceeding the heads, smaller clusters often in upper axils; involucral bracts broad-ovate, acute, glabrous, green near the base, pale brown and scarious above, red in between.
Achenes fusiform, c. 0.6 mm long, pale brown; pappus bristles cohering at the base and non-persistent, falling away together, c. 3 mm long.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in forest and woodland on moist ground; south from Tamworth.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, SFWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A.
Text by E. A. Brown and contributors as listed under genus headings
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.