Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers. APNI*
Description: Erect to ascending annual herb to 15 cm high.
Leaves cauline, oblanceolate, 1–4.5 cm long, 2–9 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, base attenuate, margins entire; lamina flat, both surfaces cobwebby and grey-green.
Heads 2–3 mm diam., in axillary clusters forming a dense leafy panicle; involucral bracts acute, green near the base, straw-coloured and scarious above, the outer ovate and woolly at the base, the inner linear and glabrous.
Achenes obovoid, c. 0.5 mm long, brown; pappus bristles free c. 1.8 mm long, barbellate apically.
Flowering: mainly July–December
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of watercourses and stream banks; west from Newnes area.
NSW subdivisions: *CT, *NWS, *NWP, *SWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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