Common name: Native Chamomile
Gnephosis eriocarpa (F.Muell.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Annual herb, stems prostrate to ascending, usually c. 10 cm long, woolly.
Leaves elliptic to linear or obovate to lanceolate, 9–45 mm long, 1.5–9 mm wide, woolly.
Compound heads cylindrical to broad-ovoid, 5–12 mm long 5.5–13 mm diam.; general involucre a third to half as long as head, conspicuous, outer bracts leaf-like woolly, inner grading into bracts of partial heads; partial heads c. 15–80, each with 1 floret; bracts 6–8, ± 2-seriate, obovate, flat to concave c. 3.5 mm long, hyaline with herbaceous midrib extending half to two-thirds the length, scattered hairs on outer surface.
Achenes c. 1.1 mm long, with dense entwined hairs; pappus absent.
Flowering: mainly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows mainly in mulga communities on sandy soils; west from White Cliffs.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A. N.T.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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