D. Cooke, star. nov.
Synonymy: M. rhizocephalus (DC.) Benth. var. pluriflorus J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 53:263 (1929), as pluriflora.
Common name: None
Annual herb 2-8 cm high, often forming dense low mounds; stems several, usually branched, ascending, weak, cobwebby; leaves linear, erect, more or less sheathing at the base, obtuse to subacute, 0.5-2.5 cm long, 0.6-1 mm wide, glabrous to sparsely cobwebby, thickened, bright-green, with a distinct midvein.
Compound heads broadly hemispherical, 0.9-1.6 cm diam., sessile among and slightly exceeded by 2-8 upcurved leaves; bracts of the common involucre erect, obovate to broadly lanceolate, to 5 mm long, hyaline with green midribs, densely cobwebby, with short subacute glabrous apices; bracts subtending the capitula similar, narrower; capitular involucral bracts 5-7, oblanceolate, 4-5 mm long, cobwebby, hyaline, indurated and connate at the base; florets 4 or 5, mostly 3-merous or some 4-merous; corolla pale-yellow.
Achene fusiform, c. 2 mm long, sparsely pubescent, brown; pappus of one simple erect bristle 1.5-2 mm long.
K. A. W. Williams (1984) Native plants of Queensland 2:204 as M. rudallii.
In moister microhabitats on sand dunes, gilgais and gibber plains.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU. Qld; N.S.W.
Flowering time: Aug. — Oct.
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Closely related to M. rhizocephalus, which it replaces in inland regions.
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