Common name: Woolly-heads
Myriocephalus rhizocephalus (DC.) Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Myriocephalus rhizocephalus var. rhizocephalus (DC.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Prostrate annual herb, 2–8 cm high, stems 1 to several, ± covered by broad leaf bases.
Leaves linear, 2–7 cm long, c. 1 mm wide, acute, erect, glabrous, bright green.
Compound heads broad-hemispherical, greenish white, sessile, often near ground level, greatly exceeded by leaves; general involucral bracts erect, obovate to broad-lanceolate, hyaline with green midribs, woolly, apex subacute glabrous; bracts subtending partial heads narrow, hyaline; involucral bracts of partial heads, 3–5, narrow-oblanceolate, hyaline with greenish midribs, hardened and fused near base. Florets 1 or 2; corolla 3- or 4-toothed, pale yellow.
Achenes fusiform, 1.5–2 mm long, sparsely hairy; pappus of 1 simple, erect bristle c. 1.5 mm long, occasionally absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moister areas in mallee and on sandy and clay soils; west from West Wyalong.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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