A. Gray, Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 3:98 ( 1851).
Derivation: Greek blennos, slime or mucus; sporos, seed; referring to the outermost layer of the fruit which becomes gelatinous when moistened.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Annual herbs, hairy; leaves alternate, sessile, entire, hairy.
Inflorescences of 2-30 capitula in a compound head, all inflorescences with an inconspicuous general involucre of mainly hyaline bracts; general receptacle ill-defined, with shortly pedunculate capitula scattered along a major axis, hairy; capitular bracts c. 2-seriate, usually hyaline except for an opaque green midrib extending for about two-thirds the length, sometimes the outermost bracts with a poorly developed hyaline margin; outer bracts flat to conduplicate, the upper hyaline margins ciliate, the apex of the midrib usually with long hairs, all bracts united by the hairs; inner bracts conduplicate, the upper hyaline margins entire or ciliate, the apex of the midrib with long hairs, the bracts free or united by the hairs; florets tubular, bisexual, 5- or rarely 4-merous; style branches truncate and with short sweeping hairs; stamens 5 or rarely 4; anthers tailed and each with a terminal appendage.
Achenes obovoid, glabrous; pappus of 7 or 8 multi-seriate irregularly plumose bristles, the longest bristles subequal to the corolla tube, the smallest ones about one-third the length of the tube, all bristles united and forming a small cup at the base.
2 species, endemic to Australia. (P.S. Short (1981) Muelleria 4:395-417.)
Prepared by P.S. Short