Common name: Small White Sunray
Rhodanthe corymbiflora (Schltdl.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Helipterum corymbiflorum Schltdl. APNI*
Description: Woolly annual c. 30 cm high, branching at base.
Leaves linear-lanceolate, 30–40 mm long, 1–4 mm wide.
Heads in a loose leafless corymb; heads broad-turbinate, 6 mm long, radiant; outer involucral bracts broad-ovate, pale brown, woolly-ciliate; inner involucral bracts with a narrow-oblong white radiating lamina 4–7 mm long. Florets c. 20. Corollas turbinate above, c. 5 mm long, unequally 5-toothed.
Achenes turbinate, c. 3 mm long, silky-pilose; pappus bristles equal to corolla, persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a wide range of communities on heavy clay on floodplains, widespread in inland districts, west from West Wyalong district.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. N.T.
Text by Paul G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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