Flower. Photo: Richard Hartland, Inverleigh, Vic

Flowers. Photo: Richard Hartland, Inverleigh, Vic

Common Name

Hairy Tails; Hairy Heads





Perennial forb to 40cm tall.  Leaves clustered at the base of the plant and alternating up the stems.  Basal leaves to 12cm long, to 4mm wide, stem leaves 1-3cm long, to 3mm wide, linear to narrow and flat, hairy becoming hairless, with pointed tips.  Inside the flowers greenish to red or purple, covered on the back with silvery white hairs. Flowers with 5 'petals'.  Flower heads almost spherical to oval, solitary at the tops of the stems.  Rare SA.  Threatened list Vic.

Description in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 285

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