Leptinella

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial or annual herbs, usually prostrate. Leaves mostly cauline, alternate, entire or toothed to pinnatisect. Capitula broadly cup-shaped or hemispherical, terminal or axillary, solitary, pedunculate; involucral bracts 2–several-seriate, subequal, herbaceous with scarious margins; receptacle flat to conical, naked. Florets on short persistent pedicels or sessile. Outer florets female, tubular, 1–4-seriate; corolla inflated, as wide as ovary at anthesis; style branches linear. Inner florets functionally male, sterile, tubular; corolla narrow-campanulate, 4-lobed, yellow; anthers obtuse or acute at base, with an ovate or lanceolate apical appendage; style terminated by a circular disc. Cypselas subglobose, angular or compressed, often winged, glabrous; pappus absent.

33 species, mostly from New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and South America; 4 species in Australia, all endemic.

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