Common name: Lanky Buttons, Lanky buttons
Leptorhynchos elongatus DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Leptorrhynchos elongatus APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 40 cm high with a woody taproot, stems erect to ascending, with 1-several simple or sparsely branched flowering scapes.
Leaves in a basal rosette and cauline, oblong to narrow-oblanceolate, 2–4 cm long, 3–7 mm wide, margins recurved, lamina pubescent with coarse multiseptate hairs and short glandular hairs.
Compound heads terminal on stems; heads campanulate to ± hemispherical, 15–25 mm long, 20–35 mm wide; involucral bracts extending down the peduncle and grading into upper leaves; outer bracts mostly membranous, colourless, innermost bracts herbaceous, reddish and with a narrow membranous margins and tip. Florets white to pale yellow.
Achenes linear to falcate, tapering to an obscure beak, papillose; pappus of many bristles, three-quarters as long as the florets, evenly barbellate.
Flowering: mostly spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and grassland; south from Tenterfield district.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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