Podolepis decipiens Jeanes APNI*
Description: Herb to 70 cm tall, renewed annually from perennial rootstock. Stems 1–several, erect, variously woolly or cobwebbed.
Leaves covered sparsely to densely with flattened elongate to coiled, multicellular hairs, rarely glabrescent, margins ±flat to revolute, entire; basal leaves several in a sparse rosette, lanceolate, oblanceolate, ovate or obovate, 3–20 cm long and 5–30 mm wide; cauline leaves alternate, sessile, stem-clasping, usually linear to linear-lanceolate, mostly 1–10 cm long and 2–15 mm wide. Peduncles 4–10 cm long with scale leaves below the involucre.
Flowerheads hemispherical, mostly 20–40 mm diam., usually solitary. Involucral bracts unequal, in many rows, with linear glandular claws. Florets bright yellow or orange; ray florets female, 20–40, ligules linear, 15–30 mm long, 3(–5)-toothed, teeth to 8 mm long, to c. 1 mm wide; disc florets bisexual, numerous.
Achenes 2–4 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, papillose; pappus bristles 20–40, barbellate, shortly connate at base, 6–10 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers mostly August to February, depending upon altitude.
Distribution and occurrence: Found in New South Wales, Victoria,Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. Reasonably common, widespread and present in conservation reserves.
Found in a wide range of non-arid habitats including near coastal, alpine, sub-alpine and plains country grasslands, woodlands and open forests.
NSW subdivisions: ST, SFWP
From the Latin decipiens = deceiving; this species is similar to, and has been confused with, Podolepis jaceoides.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Jeanes, J.A. (2015) Studies in Podolepis (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae). Muelleria 33: 21-59.
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