Flowering plants. Photo: Chris Clarke, Brisbane Ranges National Park, Vic

Flowering plants. Photo: John Tann, Christmas Tree Well, WA

Common Name

Dwarf Sunray, Moss Sunray




Annual forb, prostrate or to 2.5cm tall.  Leaves opposite each other on the stem to alternating along the stem.  Leaves 0.2-0.5cm long, less than 1mm wide, triangular in cross-section or flattened cylindrical channelled above, hairless or sparsely hairy, with smooth edges and a straight point.  Flowers often small (less than 3mm across), white or greenish yellow, with 0 petals.  Flower heads globular to cup-shaped to cylindrical, borne singly at the ends of the stems, surrounded by leaves. 

Differs from Hyalosperma stoveae in that it has almost hairless stems and very narrow almost cylindrical leaves.

Description and photo (as Helipterum demissum) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 693

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