Flower heads. Photo: Bill Strong, near Melbourne, Vic

Field. Photo: Bill Strong, near Melbourne, Vic

Common Name

Golden Billy-buttons, Yellow Drumsticks




Annual or short lived perennial forb with woody stems to 60cm tall. Basal leaves soon withering. Leaves alternating up the stems, 1-10cm long, 1-7mm wide, flat, grey-white woolly, with woolly edges and pointed tips.  Flower heads yellow, globular to oval, with 0 petals, single at the ends of the stems. Pycnosorus chrysanthes in NSW and SA. Protected NSW. Endangered SA.

Differs from Craspedia haplorrhiza in that the hairs on the seeds are yellow.

Differs from Craspedia haplorrhiza and Pycnosorus pleiocephalus in that the leaves have three prominent longitudinal veins.

Differs from Pycnosorus pleiocephalus and Pycnosorus thompsonianus in that the main bract of the partial flower head has a broad brown, glandular central region, and with no dry membranous edges, or membranous edges only at the base. 

Description and photo (as Craspedia chrysantha)  in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 707-708

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