Common name: Australian Edelweiss, Silver Ewartia
Ewartia nubigena (F.Muell.) Beauverd APNI*
Description: Creeping mat-forming herb with branches ascending to 10 cm high, silver-grey tomentose.
Leaves obovate to spathulate, 4–7 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, tomentose with silvery hairs turning brown with age.
Heads 5–8 mm wide; inner involucral bracts with spreading white laminas to 3 mm long.
Achenes c. 1 mm long, 0.5 mm wide, brown; pappus bristles 4 mm long, white to gold.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine feldmark and colonizing bare areas in alpine herbfields, south from the Kosciusko N.P.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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