Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:580 (1867).
Synonymy: Calocephalus chrysanthus Schldl., Linnaea 20:592 (1847); Pycnosorus chrysanthus (Schldl.)Sonder, Linnaea 25:492 (1853).
Common name: Golden billybuttons, yellow drumsticks.
Annual 5-25 cm high; stems ascending, several from the base, unbranched, leafy, grey-white woolly; basal leaves few, oblanceolate, soon withering; cauline leaves narrowly oblanceolate to linear, acute, 1-4 cm long, 1-6 mm wide, grey-white-woolly with a distinct mid-vein.
Peduncles 1-3 cm long, passing into the leafy stems; compound head solitary, subglobular to ovoid, 0.8-2 cm long, 0.8-1.2 cm diam., without a visible commdn involucre; capitulum-subtending bracts linear, c. 2 mm long, hidden by a mass of loose woolly hairs, herbaceous with a scarious apex, absent from the inner capitula; capitular involucral bracts 5 or 6, oblanceolate, hyaline with yellow apices; florets 4-7; corolla 2-2.5 mm long, with teeth less than 0.5 mm long.
Achenes c. 2 mm long, densely sericeous; pappus bristles 9-16, conhate at the base, barbellate and whitish below, plumose and yellow above.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 708.
In woodland and shrub steppe on low-lying seasonally moist clay and loam soils.
N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: July — Oct.
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