Leptorhynchos squamatus (Labill.) Less.

Scaly Buttons

Syn. Gen. Compos. 273 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Variable perennial, 6–50 cm high; roots tufted; stems several from base, few-branched or simple above, ascending, glabrous to pilose, often cottony below capitula. Leaves linear, narrow-lanceolate to -oblanceolate, 1–5 cm long (basal leaves to 8 cm), 0.5–6 mm wide, acute, upper surface sparsely hirsute or glabrescent, lower surface sparsely to densely cottony, margins recurved; scarious bracts extending for up to c. 10 cm below capitula. Capitula broadly obconical to hemispherical, 10–15 mm diam.; outer involucral bracts elliptic to lanceolate, acute, scarious; inner bracts linear, herbaceous with slightly dilated, scarious, ciliate tip; florets yellow. Cypsela oblong, slightly contracted at apex, c. 2 mm long, smooth to papillose; pappus white, bristles of bisexual florets 6–17 (0–15 in female florets), barbellate with few longer barbs at tip, c. 4 mm long.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim.

Source: Flann, C. (1999). Leptorhynchos. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-01-22
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptorhynchos squamatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptorhynchos squamatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present cultivated
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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