Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:580 (1867).
Synonymy: Pycnosorus globosus Bauer ex Benth. in Endl., Enum. Pl. Hügel 63 (1837).
Common name: Drumsticks.
Perennial herb 40-100 cm high; basal leaves erect, linear to narrowly lanceolate, acute to obtuse, attenuate at the base, 5-12 cm long, 3-20 mm wide, silvery-white tomentose on both surfaces with 3 diverging longitudinal veins; stems few, erect, scape-like, unbranched, tomentose, passing into the peduncles; cauline leaves narrowly lanceolate, acute, 1-5 cm long, the upper ones appressed and bract-like.
Compound head solitary, globular, 2-3 cm diam., without a common involucre; capitulum-subtending bracts lanceolate, 2-3 mm long, hidden by a mass of loose woolly hairs, brown with a glabrous scarious apex; capitular involucral bracts 5-7, oblanceolate, subhyaline, yellow; florets 4-7; corolla c. 3.5 mm long, with an almost cylindrical tube and teeth c. 0.6 mm long.
Achenes c. 2 mm long, sericeous; pappus bristles 12-15, very shortly conhate at the base, plumose, yellow.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 706.
On clay soils in woodland, grassland and saltbush steppe, forming dense colonies.
Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: Oct. — Dec.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
Apparently of localised distribution, as the collections at present held by AD represent only one locality for each of the regions.
Not yet available