Common name: Slender Sunray, Slender Sunray
Rhodanthe stricta (Lindl.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Helipterum strictum (Lindl.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect annual to 30 cm high, glabrous, slightly glaucous.
Leaves well-spaced, thin, sessile, oblong-elliptic to spathulate, 20–40 mm long, 2–6 mm wide, with minute globose glands on upper surface.
Heads solitary and terminal on slender naked peduncles; heads campanulate to ovoid, 8–10 mm long, radiant, glabrous; outer involucral bracts broad-elliptic, scarious, dark brown; inner bracts with a white ovate obtuse lamina 2–5 mm long. Florets c. 12. Corollas inconspicuous, narrow-cylindrical, c. 4 mm long.
Achenes turbinate, c. 3 mm long, densely silky-pilose; pappus exceeding corolla, persistent.
Flowering: late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on heavy soils and red earths, west from Pilliga district.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Paul G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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