F. Muell. ex Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:644 (1867).
Synonymy: Hyalosperma variabilis Sonder, Linnaea 25:519 (1853), as variabile; Helipterum variabile (Sonder) Ostenf., Biol. Meddel. Kongel. Danska Vidensk. Selsk. 3, 2:141 (1921).
Common name: Golden sunray.
Annual herb 3-16 cm high; stems several, erect to decumbent, simple or few-branched, subglabrous to cobwebby; leaves alternate or the lowermost subopposite, narrow-linear, acute, 3-16 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, subterete, glabrous to pilose.
Capitula solitary; peduncle 1-6 cm long, with a few remote scale leaves; involucre obconic, 6-9 mm long, c. 5-seriate, slightly cobwebby; outer bracts sessile, ovate, scarious, colourless, some with brown apices; inner bracts with obovate scarious claws and ovate subacute to obtuse spreading yellow laminae 2-5 mm long; receptacle convex to conical; florets 15-60, the inner ones sterile.
Achenes flattened, obovate to oblong, c. 2 mm long, glabrous to finely papillose, brown with a paler translucent margin; pappus bristles 8-12, 3-4 mm long, connate, dilated and glabrous at the base, evenly plumose above, sometimes yellow at the apex, deciduous.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 695.
In scrub and woodland.
W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: mainly Sept. — Oct.
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