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Vittadinia dissecta (Benth.) N.T.Burb.
Family Asteraceae
Common name: Dissected New Holland Daisy

Vittadinia dissecta (Benth.) N.T.Burb. APNI*

Synonyms: Vittadinia sp. C sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*

Description: Annual or short-lived perennial herb 10–35 cm high, erect.

Leaves spathulate, deeply 3-lobed, the lobes sometimes further divided, rarely entire on the upper branches, 15–25 mm long, 7–20 mm wide, apex obtuse.

Heads 4.5–6 mm long; involucral bracts obtuse, glandular-pubescent, sparsely hirsute. Ray florets white to blue.

Achenes 3.5–5 mm long; marginal ridges narrow, pubescent; faces with ribs all extending to the summit, pubescent; pappus bristles 3.5–5 mm long.

Flowering: most of year.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland, mallee and cleared land; widespread from coastal to inland districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by J. Scott & J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

 Key to the varieties 
1Leaves on main stems 15–40 mm long, the irregularly compound 3-fid lamina to 20 mm diam., lobes obtuse or rounded and minutely apiculate; upper leaves smaller and less dissected. Hairs sparse and minutely stiff appressed.var. dissecta
Leaves smaller than in var. dissecta, irregularly lobed or trifid, lobes narrow, acute or obtuse; upper leaves sometimes entire and oblanceolate. Hairs numerous, spreading, often 1–2 mm long.var. hirta

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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