F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 3:32 (1862).
Synonymy: H. lawrencella F. Muell. var. davenportii (F. Muell.) Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:616 (1867); H. roseum (Lindley) Druce var. davenportii (F. Muell.) J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 631 (1929).
Common name: Sticky everlasting.
Annual herb 7-40 cm tall, usually with several erect unbranched stems; stems sparsely to moderately scabrous with coarse glandular hairs and densely pubescent with minute sessile glandular hairs; leaves basal on each stem, linear-oblanceolate to linear, flat, with a usually entire, sometimes shallowly sinuate margin, acute apex and sheathing base, 0.3-14 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, scabrous-pubescent on both sides like the stems.
Capitula solitary, on peduncles 7-40 cm long, broadly campanulate, 8-12 mm long, 10-20 mm broad (excluding the laminae); involucral bracts 4- or 5-seriate, the inner ones longest; inner bracts numerous, in 2 series, with oblong-elliptic to narrowly oblong-elliptic subacute pink to white scarious opaque laminae 6-12 mm long, and broadly oblong colourless hyaline claws a third of their total length with an opaque subherbaceous midrib; florets all bisexual, numerous, of which up to a third, around the periphery, are fertile.
Achenes cylindrical-fusiform, slightly curved, markedly but gradually contracted in the upper third, very slightly compressed, grey-brown, densely to very sparsely tomentose with short patent hairs; pappus bristles of fertile florets 50 or more, stramineous and shortly plumose at the base, deep-pink and shortly plumose in the lower third to half above the base, white and grading to barbellate in the upper half to two-thirds of infertile florets, shortly plumose, pale-stramineous, rather fewer.
Erickson et al. (1973) Flowers and plants of Western Australia, fig. 454.
Widespread in mulga woodland on sandy loam soils and in mallee shrubland in sand dune areas.
Flowering time: July — Oct.
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