Arctotheca

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or perennial herbs, white-tomentose, sometimes also with glandular hairs. Leaves in a basal rosette and/or cauline and alternate, entire to pinnatisect. Capitula radiate, axillary, solitary, pedunculate; involucral bracts in 3–5 series, imbricate, unequal, herbaceous with scarious margins; receptacle flat, naked, pitted. Ray florets sterile, 1-seriate, ligulate; disc florets bisexual, fertile, tubular; corolla campanulate, deeply 5-lobed; anthers sagittate at base, with an ovate apical appendage; style with very short obtuse branches, glabrous. Cypselas obovoid, ribbed mainly on dorsal surface, densely tomentose or glabrous; pappus 1-seriate, of minute scarious scales, or absent.

4 species, from South Africa and Mozambique; 3 species naturalised in Australia.

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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