Gnephosis tenuissima Cass.

Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 43 (1820)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Annual herbs to 15 cm high, simple or branched. Leaves elliptic to linear or obovate to oblanceolate, 2–30 mm long, 0.5–4 mm wide, apex often hyaline, scale-like hairs usually present. Compound heads club-shaped or spike-like, 11–22 mm long, 3–7 mm diam. Capitula 20–80 per compound head; capitulum-subtending bracts 1.3–2.8 mm long; capitular bracts 4–10 in c. 2 rows, flat to concave, margins entire. Florets (1–)3–5(–8) per capitulum; corolla 5-lobed. Cypselas c. obovoid, 0.3–0.5 mm long; pappus (deciduous with corolla) usually a small, jagged ring 0.1–0.2 mm high, sometimes with several bristles c. half as long as corolla-tube. Flowers c. Sep.–Oct.

LoM, MuF, MuM. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Rare in Victoria where confined to the far north-west (e.g. Hattah Lakes National Park), usually occurring in sandy soils.

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Gnephosis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Gnephosis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gnephosis tenuissima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gnephosis tenuissima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
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