Common name: Drumsticks, Billy Buttons
Pycnosorus globosus Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Craspedia globosa (Bauer & Benth.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Stout silvery-white herb with several flowering peduncles to 120 cm high, unbranched or once-only branched at base.
Leaves cauline and basal, linear, usually 10–30 cm long, 4–12 mm wide, with 1–8 prominent longitudinal veins, lamina mostly concolorous, white to brown-grey woolly with appressed fine hairs; lower leaves gland-tipped, uppermost leaves with a lanceolate golden hyaline tip, often caducous.
Compound head globose, 8–35 mm diam.; partial heads c. 70–200, each with 3–6 florets; main bract of the partial involucre with a brown herbaceous stereome, finely woolly overall and with pale and membranous margins at the base, and an acuminate golden membranous tip. Corollas yellow.
Achenes cuneate, 1.5–3 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide; pappus of 9–16 plumose hairs 2.5–5 mm long.
Flowering: early spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open moist, low-lying communities and on roadsides on heavy soil; west from Tamworth and Temora districts.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by A. N. L. Doust & J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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