D. Cooke, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 7:284 (1985).
Synonymy: Helichrysum tepperi
Common name: Delicate everlasting.
Annual herb 3-15 cm high; stems ascending or erect, sparsely branched, capillary, brownish, glabrous to slightly cobwebby; basal leaves forming a distinct rosette, elliptical, narrowed at the base, 0.5-2 cm long, cobwebby; cauline leaves lanceolate, amplexicaul, acute, 0.5-2 cm long, up to 7 mm wide, sparsely cobwebby above, densely cobwebby below.
Peduncles 0.8-4 cm long, capillary, suberect, naked, glabrous; capitula few in loose inflorescences, rarely solitary, inconspicuous; involucres campanulate, 3-5 mm diam., 4-5 mm long, exceeding the florets; bract laminae ovate, acute, scarious, subhyaline, blue-green tinted, entire, smooth; intermediate bracts 3-4 mm long, with linear glabrous claws subequal to the laminae; innermost bracts scarious-hyaline, linear, adhering at the bases, with reduced laminae; outer florets 10-20, female, sometimes sterile, tubular; corolla filiform, 3- or 4-lobed, pale-yellow, shorter than the involucre; inner florets 10-25, bisexual, fertile, tubular; corolla 4- or 5-lobed, pale-yellow, shorter than the involucre.
Achenes c. 0.7 mm long, finely papillose, stramineous; pappus bristles 5-10, minutely barbellate, free.
Occurs in mallee and associated types of scrub and woodland.
S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, YP, SL. W.Aust.; Vic.
Flowering time: Aug. — Sept.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
This species forms a natural group with P. davisiana, P. muelleri and the Western Australian P. lessonii (Cass.) Benth., but differs in having reduced capitula associated with its niche as a short-lived inbreeding annual.
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