Common name: Tiny Cudweed
Gnaphalium indutum Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Multistemmed annual, erect to ascending, pubescent herb to 10 cm high.
Leaves cauline, linear to linear spathulate, 5–15 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, flat, apex acute, margins entire; both surfaces grey-woolly.
Flower heads 1–2 mm diam., in dense or loose terminal clusters subtended by 3–5 leafy bracts; involucral bracts linear, acute to obtuse, scarious, pale brown or purple towards apex, the outer loosely woolly near base.
Achenes fusiform, c. 0.6 mm long, straw-coloured; pappus bristles free, c. 2 mm long, barbellate.
Distribution and occurrence: Found in southern Australia from the Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, to far south-eastern New South Wales and Tasmania.
Grows on periodically wet ground.
NSW subdivisions: SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by J. Everett: Louisa Murray (2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992): P.G. Wilson, (2008) Nuytsia 18: 291-293
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Inner involucral bracts obtuse to acute or evenly acuminate, the apices flat, entire, smooth||subsp. indutum|
|1||Inner involucral bracts abruptly acuminate, the apices inwardly concave, denticulate, scabridulous||subsp. acuminatum|
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