Leptorhynchos elongatus DC.

Lanky Buttons

Prodr. 6: 160 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Perennial, 15–40 cm high; stems simple or branched, erect to ascending, with sparse septate hairs. Leaves elliptic-oblanceolate, 2–7 cm long, 1–6 mm wide, acute, with septate hairs particularly on upper surface, margins recurved; scarious bracts grading into leaves for 5–20 cm below capitula. Capitula c. hemispherical, 1–2 cm diam. Outer involucral bracts ovate to narrow-ovate, acute, margins shallowly laciniate, almost hyaline, base herbaceous, glandular; inner bracts oblong-linear, acute, herbaceous, with stalked glands, margins and apices narrowly scarious; florets creamy-white to pale yellow. Cypselas fusiform, gradually tapering to obscure beak, papillose, c. 3–5 mm long; pappus white, bristles numerous, barbellate, 5–8 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuM, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Largely confined in Victoria to eastern uplands (Benambra, Omeo, Wulgulmerang, Corryong areas) where occasional in grassy Eucalyptus pauciflora woodlands. Rare further west (e.g. near Castlemaine) in dry open-forest, formerly known from southern mallee areas (e.g. Jeparit, Nhill), but now possibly extinct there.

Source: Flann, C. (1999). Leptorhynchos. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptorhynchos elongatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptorhynchos elongatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory