Leptorhynchos tenuifolius F.Muell.

Wiry Buttons

Fragm. 1: 52 (1858) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, 10–40 cm high; stems usually much-branched, erect to ascending, wiry, cottony to glabrescent, but cottony hairs usually retained at base and in axils. Leaves linear, 0.5–4 cm long (basal leaves to 15 cm), 1 mm wide (basal leaves to 3 mm wide), acute, upper surface glabrous, lower surface densely cottony except often along midrib, margins recurved; scarious bracts extending 5–15 cm below capitula. Capitula c. obconical, c. 5 mm diam.; outer involucral bracts linear, transparent with brown tip, margins with dense, spreading cottony cilia; inner bracts like outer ones but with long, herbaceous glandular claws; florets bright yellow. Cypsela slightly contracted at apex, c. 1 mm long, glabrous; pappus white, bristles 4–6, barbellate (more prominently near apex), c. 2.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Locally common in grasslands, woodlands and light forest. Sometimes strongly colonizing following fire or soil disturbance.

Source: Flann, C. (1999). Leptorhynchos. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptorhynchos tenuifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptorhynchos tenuifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales