Common name: Fuzzweed
Vittadinia cuneata DC. APNI*
Description: Woody annual or perennial herb, 10–40 cm high, stems rigidly erect, hirsute with ± glandular hairs.
Leaves subconduplicate, cuneate or oblanceolate, 10–25 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, apex apiculate, recurved, margins entire or with 2 small lateral lobes.
Heads 5–8 mm long; involucral bracts acute, indumentum as for leaves, variable for different varieties (see below). Ray florets pale blue to mauve.
Achenes linear to oblanceolate, 4–7 mm long, marginal ridges thin; ribs all extending to the summit, pubescent; pappus bristles 4–8 mm long.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a variety of habitats, natural and disturbed; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. N.T.
Two forms of V. cuneata var. cuneata have been recognised in the past, but are no longer recognised.
Text by J. Scott & J. Everett
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Sharp stiff and appressed hairs on leaves and stems, or hairs loose and spreading on stems. Leaves conduplicate. Hairs on involucral bracts similar to those on stems, and with minute glandular hairs||var. cuneata|
|Hairs on leaves and stems loose and spreading, never stiff and appressed||2|
|2||Plants hirsute with slender hairs whose bases are strikingly erect from the stem and leaf surfaces, glandular hairs not visible. Involucral bracts with numerous but not dense hairs, glandular hairs minute or absent||var. hirsuta|
|Plants with hairs with long tangled apices on young growth, forming white tufts in each leaf axil; minute glandular hairs visible. Involucral bracts with sparse long hairs, abundant glandular hairs|
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