Endl., Bot. Zeit. 1:458 (1843).
Synonymy: Crossolepis pusilia Benth. in Endl., Enum. Pl. Hügel 61 (1837); Angianthus pusillus (Benth.)Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:564 (1867); Chrysocotyne angianthoides F. Muell., Linnaea 25:404 (1853).
Common name: Dwarf cup-flower (or angianthus).
Annual 3-10 cm high; stems erect or ascending, simple or few-branched, dark-reddish with glandular hairs; leaves alternate, linear to elliptic or oblanceolate, subacute to mucronate, 2-20 mm long, 0.5-3 mm wide, greyish-green, pubescent with glandular hairs.
Compound heads ellipsoid or ohovoid to clavate, 1-2 cm long, 3-5 mm diam., with 20-80 capitula, in panicles or rarely solitary; bracts subtending capitula broadly obovate to orbicular, 1.5-2.5 mm long, 1.8-3 mm wide, hyaline or brownish with a cobwebby herbaceous base; involucral bracts 4-10, c. 1.5 mm long, 1-2-seriate, the outer ones 4, obovate, concave, the inner ones up to 6 or absent, narrower; florets 3-6, 5-merous; corolla tube abruptly contracted, 1-1.2 mm long.
Achenes 0.4-0.5 mm long, c. 0.3 mm diam.; pappus a jagged hyaline collar, often with a few apically divided bristles, deciduous.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 709.
Occurs around saline depressions and granite outcrops and in scrub, steppe and hummock grassland.
All mainland States.
Flowering time: most of the year.
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