Common name: Woolly Sunray
Rhodanthe uniflora (J.M.Black) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Helipterum uniflorum J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Ascending soft grey woolly annual branching at base, c. 7 cm high.
Leaves linear c. 10 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide.
Heads congested in leafy clusters; heads ellipsoid, to 4 mm long, not radiant, covered in wool; involucral bracts hard, very narrow-oblong with short scarious brown tip. Florets solitary. Corolla c. 1.5 mm long.
Achenes ellipsoid c. 2.5 mm long, moderately covered with anchor-shaped hairs and surrounded by wool; pappus bristles insignificant, c. 1 mm long, persistent. Heads shed with enclosed achene.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on damp low-lying areas where water lies after rain, widespread in western districts, especially in northern divisions.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A.
Text by Paul G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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