Common name: Cobbler's Tack
Glossocardia bidens (Retz.) Veldkamp APNI*
Synonyms: Glossogyne tannensis (Spreng.) Garn.-Jones APNI*
Glossogyne tenuifolia Cass. APNI*
Description: Perennial herbs with woody stems at the base, 20–30 cm long, somewhat tufted.
Radical leaves persistent, glabrous, 4–5-9 cm long, sometimes undivided and linear, usually pinnately divided, segments 2 or 3 pairs, remote, spreading, linear, 1.8–2 mm wide, obtuse, lower segments 8–20 mm long, petiole 2–6 cm long; mediam leaves few, remote, petiolate, 3–4 cm long, pinnately divided or linear; upper leaves smaller, linear.
Heads 7 mm across, solitary, basak bracteoles 1.5 mm long. Involucral bracts c. 7, oblong, 3 mm long. Ray florets few, in 1 series, fertile, corolla 3.5 mm long, lip 3-dentate. Disc florets: corolla 2.5 mm long, apex 4-dentate.
Achenes 5–7 mm long; pappus awns erect, 1.5–2 cm long.
Flowering: Flowers in much of the month except in winter months.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Southern Asia, New Caledonia and Taiwan and Australia.
Occurs in a wide range of habitats.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Veldkamp, J.F. & Kreffer, L.A. (1991) Notes of southeast Asian and Australian Coreopsidinae (Asteraceae) Blumea 35(2): 459-482.
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