Cunn. ex DC., Prod. 6:163 (1838).
Synonymy: P. affinis Sonder, Linnaea 25:507 (1853).
Common name: Large copper-wire daisy, bright (or grey) podolepis.
Annual herb 6-80 cm high; stems erect or ascending, simple or branched, wiry, red-brown, sparsely white-woolly to glabrescent; basal leaves oblanceolate, attenuate at the base, acute to obtuse, up to 7 cm long, to 1.5 cm wide, woolly below, pubescent above; cauline leaves lanceolate to narrowly elliptical, subamplexicaul, acute, 1-8 cm long, 2-16 mm wide, woolly below, pubescent above.
Peduncles 1-6 cm long, wiry, white-woolly or glabrescent, with several scarious scale leaves near the apex; capitula many in loose inflorescences, rarely solitary; involucres hemispherical, 1.5-2.5 cm diam., 0.5-1.5 cm long; bract laminae imbricate, lanceolate to ovate, acute to acuminate, stramineous to light-brown, somewhat wrinkled at the apex; intermediate bracts 6-10 mm long, with linear glandular claws; ray florets 20-40; ligules broadly linear, 6-10 mm long, deeply 3-toothed, yellow; disk florets numerous, yellow.
Achenes 1.5-2 mm long, microscopically papillate; pappus bristles 15-25, minutely barbellate.
Rotherham et al. (1975) Flowers and plants of New South Wales and southern Queensland, fig. 523.
In woodland, mallee, heath and more arid vegetation types.
All mainland States except Qld.
Flowering time: May — Nov.
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