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Pycnosorus chrysanthes (Schltdl.) Sond.
Family Asteraceae
Pycnosorus chrysanthes (Schltdl.) Sond. APNI*

Synonyms: Craspedia chrysantha Benth. APNI*

Description: Ascending or erect herb with woody stems to 60 cm high, branching at base; stems white with woolly hairs.

Cauline leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, mostly 1.7–10 cm long, 2–7 mm wide, apex acute, lamina discolorous or concolorous, olive-green to dark brown above, often paler below, woolly with dense fine hairs on the margins and main vein on the lower surface, gland-tipped.

Compound head ± ovoid, 8–15 mm diam., 9–20 mm long; partial heads up to 100, sessile, with 3–5 florets; main bract of the partial involucre with a brown, thickened and glandular stereome, and no lamina or with narrow membranous margins only at base. Corollas golden-yellow.

Achenes 1–1.5 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide; pappus of 11–16 plumose bristles 2–3 mm long.


Flowering: early spring to early summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet areas of chenopod shrubland, west from Young district.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by A. N. L. Doust & J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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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