Annual (not in Victoria) or perennial herbs, with fleshy tuberous roots. Leaves all basal, thin, flat, entire to pinnatifid. Capitula solitary on long erect naked peduncles or scapes, often nodding in bud; involucre cylindric, bracts imbricate, 4- or 5-seriate, unequal, outer ones shorter, herbaceous with scarious margins; inner ones (in Victoria) often with dark hairs on the scarious margins; receptacle flat, naked, pitted. Florets ligulate, bisexual, yellow (in Victoria), orange or white; ligule linear, minutely 5-toothed; anthers sagittate at base, with small rounded appendages at apex; style bilobed, with short, linear-oblong, papillose branches. Cypselas terete, ribbed, glabrous or pubescent; pappus 1-seriate, with free lanceolate scarious scales with acuminate barbellate apices, or rarely of barbellate bristles slightly widened at base.
About 15 species, from North and South America, New Zealand and Australia; 3 species in Australia.
Walsh, N.G. (2016). A name for Murnong (Microseris: Asteraceae: Cichorioideae), Muelleria 34: 63–68.