Podolepis muelleri (Sond.) G.L.Davis

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 81: 272 (1956) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect or ascending, few-branched annual to 5–22 cm high. Stems wiry, slightly cobwebbed to glabrescent. Leaves somewhat cobwebbed, basal ones few, elliptic to oblanceolate, 1–4 cm long, to c. 15 mm wide, soon withering; cauline leaves lanceolate, 1–4 cm long, to c. 7 mm wide, base amplexicaul, apex acute. Capitula hemispherical to campanulate, 3–7 mm diam., few in loose cymes, shiny; peduncles mostly 1–4 cm long; involucral bracts broadly ovate, minutely erose-ciliate, straw-coloured, often bluish distally, smooth, apex acute; intermediate bracts c. 4 mm long, with curved linear glandular claws; inner bracts with broad, thickened oblong claws adhering to form a rigid leathery cup, lamina small, scarious, triangular. Florets all tubular, yellowish; outer florets 3–7, female, sterile; inner florets 18–40, bisexual, slightly longer than involucre. Cypselas c. 1.5 mm long; pappus bristles only on bisexual florets, 5–13, shortly connate at base, 2–3 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

MuM. Also SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria, known only from a single location near Lake Tyrrell in the north-west where found in chenopod scrubland on gypseous clay loam.

Common at the only known Victorian locality.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-03-13
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Podolepis
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Podolepis muelleri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Podolepis muelleri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
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Murray Mallee present native

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