Annual or perennial herbs, glandular and aromatic. Leaves alternate, cauline, sessile, toothed to entire. Capitula sessile to shortly pedunculate in axils, discoid to cup-shaped; involucral bracts in 2 rows, herbaceous, scarious-margined; receptacle convex; florets all tubular, the outer several series female with florets narrowed above and minutely 2–3-lobed, style branches linear, glabrous; inner florets bisexual, 4-lobed; anthers with ovate apical appendages, style branches oblong, apically papillose. Cypselas of inner and outer florets clavate to cylindric, 4–6-ribbed.
A genus of 10 described species from South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with 9 species in Australia, 4 or 5 of them endemic.
Centipeda has traditionally been placed in the tribe Anthemideae, but has more recently been placed in the tribe Arthroismeae (Anderberg 2009; Panero 2012; Walsh 2015).
Walsh, N.G. (2001). A revision of Centipeda (Asteraceae), Muelleria 15: 33–64.