Leucochrysum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or perennial herbs branching at or above the base, with stalked glandular hairs on branches and leaves, frequently cottony. Leaves alternate, sessile, entire. Capitula solitary on leafless peduncles, homogamous, discoid. Involucral bracts multiseriate, the outer sessile, hyaline, pale brown or purple, intermediate and inner bracts with terete claws and opaque, brownish, purplish, white or yellow laminae; receptacle flat, ebracteate. Florets bisexual; corolla 5-lobed; anthers 5, caudate; style branches with the apices deltoid or broadly ovate. Cypselas smooth to warty, glabrous, the pericarp translucent and somewhat cartilaginous; pappus of plumose bristles about the length of the corolla and shortly connate at the base.

Perhaps 5 species, all endemic to temperate Australia. The circumscription of Victorian taxa is problematic.

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Leucochrysum. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
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