Common name: Tangled Copperburr, Pale Poverty Bush
Sclerolaena divaricata (R.Br.) Domin APNI*
Synonyms: Bassia divaricata (R.Br.) F.Muell. 'delicate form' APNI*
Bassia divaricata (R.Br.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Hemispherical perennial to c. 75 cm high; branches glabrous.
Leaves terete, succulent, to c. 12 mm long, glabrous or with axillary hairs.
Fruiting perianth 2.5–3.5 mm long, attached ± obliquely; limb short, recurved; spines 3 or 4, 5–15 mm long (the fourth sometimes present as a tubercle and usually much shorter than the other 3).
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in drier areas, frequently common in overgrazed chenopod pastures.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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