Rutidosis leiolepis F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb 10–30 cm high, densely tufted from a woody base, lower stems covered with remains of old leaf bases; stems ± woolly.
Leaves chiefly basal, linear to narrow-lanceolate, 2–10 cm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, margins recurved, upper surface sparsely hairy to ± glabrous, lower surface mostly shortly woolly.
Scapes 1-headed, < 15 cm long; heads broad-hemispherical, 8–15 mm diam.; involucral bracts 6–10 mm long; outer bracts short and scarious from the base; inner bracts scarious with a dry cuneate base. Florets numerous, all bisexual, 6–7 mm long; corolla yellow.
Achenes narrow-obovoid, c. 2 mm long, angular, brown, papillose; pappus of 5–7 spathulate scales, 1.5 mm long, whitish, ciliate.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in higher-altitude grassland of the Cooma and Kiandra districts; rare.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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