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Vittadinia hispidula F.Muell. ex A.Gray
Family Asteraceae
Vittadinia hispidula F.Muell. ex A.Gray APNI*

Description: Annual erect herb, bristly, with a few glandular hairs.

Leaves linear, oblong to obovate, 10–30 or rarely to 60 mm long, to 10 mm wide, apex obtuse and minutely apiculate, margins often lobed; ± sessile.

Peduncles corymbosely arranged from the upper axils. Heads 6–7 mm long; involucral bract with apex sometimes purplish. Ray florets white to purple.

Achenes oblanceolate to elliptic, 2–3 mm long, pale marginal ridges convergent above; ridges and faces with short sparse hairs; ribs absent; pappus 5–6 mm long.

Flowering: most of year.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest; often along roadsides and behind beaches, north from Batemans Bay.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

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

 Key to the varieties 
1Minute gland-tipped hairs on the outer faces of the involucral bracts, coarser erect hairs usually absent. Achenes conspicuously narrowed at the summit, and sometimes with a minute neck below the base of the pappusvar. hispidula
Hairs on involucral bracts varies from numerous to few and sometimes restricted to the midline, glandular hairs usually absent. Achenes less conspicuously narrowed at the apex and rarely develop a distinct neck below the pappusvar. setosa

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