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Family: Compositae
Craspedia chrysantha

Citation: 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.

Description:
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.

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 708.

Distribution:  In woodland and shrub steppe on low-lying seasonally moist clay and loam soils.

  N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: July — Oct.


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