Podolepis arachnoidea (Hook.) Druce

Cottony Podolepis

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 640 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x)

Branched erect perennial, to 80 cm high; stems wiry, woolly to glabrescent. Leaves woolly on both surfaces or only on lower surface; basal leaves oblanceolate, to 13 cm long, to 20 mm wide; cauline leaves narrow-lanceolate, to 11 cm long, to 20 mm wide, stem-clasping, acuminate. Capitula campanulate, 5–10 mm diam., 2–10 in short cymes; peduncles to c. 5 mm long; involucral bract laminas narrow-lanceolate, acuminate, scarious, transversely rugose, glabrous, shiny; intermediate bract laminas 5–10 mm long, short-clawed; inner bracts green with scarious margins, short-clawed. Florets yellow; ray florets 5–7, ligules c. 2.5 mm long, barely exceeding the involucre; disc florets usually 10–15. Cypselas 2–3 mm long; pappus bristles 25–30, free, 5–7 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

Also SA, Qld, NSW. The occurrence of this species In Victoria is based on a single old collection. Conflicting multiple labels and annotations suggest this specimen could be from Victoria ('Australia Felix'; 'Kulkyne'), New South Wales ('Murray') or cultivated ('Cultivated Botanic Gardens').

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.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-03-05
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Podolepis
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