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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Compositae
Craspedia globosa

Citation: Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:580 (1867).

Synonymy: Pycnosorus globosus Bauer ex Benth. in Endl., Enum. Pl. Hügel 63 (1837).

Common name: Drumsticks.

Description:
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.

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 706.

Distribution:  On clay soils in woodland, grassland and saltbush steppe, forming dense colonies.

  Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Oct. — Dec.


SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: Apparently of localised distribution, as the collections at present held by AD represent only one locality for each of the regions.

Author: Not yet available


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