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Leiocarpa semicalva (F.Muell.) Paul G.Wilson
Family Asteraceae
Leiocarpa semicalva (F.Muell.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*

Synonyms: Chrysocephalum semicalvum (F.Muell.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Helichrysum ambiguum var. paucisetum J.M.Black APNI*
Leptorhynchus ambiguus Benth. APNI*

Description: Pungent smelling bushy perennial herb 20–40 cm high; branches glandular-scabrous and usually woolly.

Leaves linear or linear-lanceolate, 0.8–3 cm long, 1–4 mm wide, apex acuminate to apiculate, margins recurved to revolute, sometimes undulate, mostly with indumentum similar to branches, especially on lower surface.

Peduncles 2–8 cm long, naked or with a few reduced leaves, heads 6–10 mm long; involucral bracts more or less equal, with lacinate margins extending into long woolly hairs loosely enveloping the involucre, hyaline to scarious with more or less opaque tips, yellowish to golden-brown. Florets bisexual and female.

Achenes glabrous; pappus bristles of bisexual florets barbellate, of female florets absent or rarely 1 or 2.


Flowering: Flowers most of the year.

Distribution and occurrence: South from Bourke district.

Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on shallow, stony or sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, CWS, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

There are 3 subspecies.

Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW Vol 3 (under Chrysocephalum semicalum).

One subspecies in NSW: Leiocarpa semicalva subsp. semicalva

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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