Flowers. Photo: Richard Hartland, Terrick Terrick, Vic

Plant. Photo: Richard Hartland, Terrick Terrick, Vic

Common Name

Beauty Buttons




Annual forb to 25cm tall. Leaves alternating up the stems, linear to flat, 0.8-2.5cm long, 1-2.5mm wide, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface woolly, margins curved down, tips pointed. Flowers yellow, with 0 petals. Flower heads cup-shaped, borne singly at the ends of the stems.

Differs from Leptorhynchos baileyi in that there are 4 bristles on the seeds, with tiny hairs along the bristles. This is easiest seen with a low power microscope.

Description (page 704) and photo (page 705) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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