F. Muell., J. Trans. Vict. Inst. 1:37 (1855).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Stalked ixiolaena.
Sprawling or prostate perennial herb with successive seasons' growth from lower wiry branches; branches moderately to densely pilose with non-glandular, septate hairs and underlying minute glandular hairs, at length glabrescent; leaves obovate-spathulate to obovate-elliptic, acute, sometimes apiculate, but lacking a mucro, 0.7-3 cm long, 3-11 mm wide, slightly fleshy, moderately to densely hairy on both sides and especially on margins, with a vestiture like that of the stems, the margins sometimes slightly recurved.
Peduncles 2-6 cm long, bearing 2-5 distant reduced leaves and terminating leafy unbranched branches up to 10 cm long; capitula broadly campanulate to hemispherical (involucre with oblique to almost patent sides), 15-23 mm diam.; involucral bracts broadly' linear, all about equal in length, densely pilose with underlying glandular hairs, the inner ones with mid- to dark- brown sometimes purplish entire or unevenly toothed scarious tips; florets white.
Seeding heads soft, soon disintegrating; achenes wholly glabrous; pappus bristles 24-27, about as long as the corolla, c. 0.1 mm broad at the base and united for c. 0.2 mm from it.
Usually among limestone or granite rocks along the seashore, often on cliff-faces and cliff-tops, in sandy soil, especially around the coast of KI and the southernmost parts of Fleurieu, Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas.
Tas. (islands of Bass Strait).
Flowering time: much of the year but especially Oct. — Jan.
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