Craspedia sp. 2

sensu Fl. Victoria 4:763 (1999) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Delicate herb with 1–several flowering scapes to 30 cm high; roots thick, spreading, woolly. Leaves mostly in a basal tuft, erect, spathulate (cauline leaves almost linear), blades to 60 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, base attenuate, surfaces hoary with many multicellular hairs; petioles narrow, reddish, to 10 cm long. Inflorescence pale yellow, c. spherical, 15–22 mm diam, with 20–40 capitula on peduncles c. 2 mm long; scape straw-coloured to reddish, with some multiseptate hairs at the base but mainly with loose, fine woolly hairs upwards. Capitula with 5–8 florets; bract subtending capitulum broadly ovate, margins membranous, wide, colourless to brown, stereome small, triangular, typically less than half the length and width of the entire bract, finely woolly at base. Cypselas c. 2 mm long, 0.6–1 mm wide; pappus 3–6 mm long. Flowers late winter and spring.

Rare, apparently restricted to drier grasslands of the Volcanic Plain west of Melbourne (e.g. Deer Park, Bannockburn, Shelford, Derrinallum areas) and now much depleted through clearing for agriculture, housing and industry.

Source: Everett, J. (1999). Craspedia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2019-08-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Craspedia
Higher taxa
species Craspedia sp. 2