Small, rhizomatous or stoloniferous perennial herbs, variably hirsute with multicellular hairs. Leaves usually radical, mostly lanceolate, oblanceolate or spathulate, toothed to lobed, rarely almost entire, apex and lobes usually apiculate, base attenuate (in Australia). Capitula radiate, solitary (in Australia) on usually unbranched scapes; involucre hemispherical, bracts numerous, in several rows, imbricate, herbaceous with very narrow scarious margins; receptacle naked, flat or convex. Ray florets female, numerous, in several rows (in Australia); disc florets fewer, bisexual but functionally male, tubular, corolla (4–)5-toothed; anthers obtuse at the base, apical appendages lanceolate; style branches with subulate, papillose appendages. Cypselas compressed, margin somewhat thickened into a narrow rib, asymmetrically contracted at the apex into a short glandular beak with a thickened apical rim; pappus absent.
About 20 species, in South-east Asia, Australasia, Central and South America; 6 species in Australia (in all States except NT).
The name Lagenophora has been conserved over the original spelling Lagenifera.
Wang, J. & Bean, A.R. (2016). A review of Lagenophora Cass. (Astereae: Asteraceae) in Queensland, Australia, Austrobaileya 9(4): 475.