Common name: Spear-fruit Copperburr
Sclerolaena patenticuspis (R.H.Anderson) Ulbr. APNI*
Synonyms: Bassia patenticuspis R.H.Anderson APNI*
Description: Decumbent to spreading perennial to c. 30 cm high; branches hairy.
Leaves semiterete, succulent, to c. 10 mm long, silky.
Fruiting perianth 2–3 mm long, often sparsely hairy; base oblique; spines 2 (or 3, or the third a tubercle), divergent, 5–8 mm long, frequently red, sparsely hairy; limb obvious but small.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on heavier soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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