Flowers. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT

Flowers and leaves. Photo: Richard Hartland, Vic

Common Name

Stalked Plover-daisy, Pale Plover-daisy




Perennial forb with a woody base, 10-45cm tall.  Leaves alternating up the stems, 1.5-5cm long, 2-7mm wide, flat, hairless or with scattered sticky hairs, with smooth edges and a short straight point.  Flowers yellow, with 0 petals.  Flower heads hemispherical to broadly bell-shaped, borne singly at the ends of the stems.  Endangered Vic.  Threatened list Vic.

Differs from Leiocarpa websteri in that the narrow bases (claws) of the outer and inner green bracts below the flower heads are equal in length.  It intergrades with Leiocarpa websteri in NSW. 

Differs from Leiocarpa tomentosa in that the flower heads ar hemispherical to broadly bell-shaped and the bracts on the flower heads below the florets are glandular hairy, with tufts of woolly hairs just below the apex.

Description (as Ixiolaena leptolepis) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 703. 

PlantNET description:

Key to the species of Leiocarpa and discussion of the differences between the species in Wilson, P.G. (2001) Leiocarpa, a new Australian genus of the Asteraceae tribe Gnaphalieae. Nuytsia 13(3): pages 598-599