Blennospora

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Simple or branching, ascending to erect cottony annuals. Leaves mainly alternate but lowermost pairs opposite, sessile, entire. Inflorescence of compound heads with shortly pedunculate capitula scattered along a hairy, stem-like axis; bracts subtending compound heads inconspicuous, leaf-like or resembling the capitular bracts. Capitula discoid, homogamous; capitular bracts 8–10, c. biseriate, usually hyaline except for the midrib, margins entire or somewhat ciliate and usually with long hairs which unite the bracts; florets 1–3 per capitulum, bisexual; corolla tubular, (4–)5-lobed, yellow or the lobes purplish-black; style branches truncate; stamens (4–)5, anthers tailed. Cypselas homomorphic, covered in mucilage-producing cells. Pappus of 7–10 irregularly long-ciliate bristles forming an irregular cup at the base.

2 species, both endemic in Australia, 1 restricted to WA.

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Blennospora. 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
genus Blennospora
Subordinate taxa