Cosson & Germ., Annls Sci. Nat. sÚr. 2, 20:291 (1843).
Synonymy: Filago gallica L., Sp. Pl. edn 2, 1312 (1762).
Common name: Narrow cudweed.
Annual herb to 20 cm high; stems erect, usually sparsely branched, rigid, whitish-tomentose; leaves erect or suberect, linear to subulate, acute, 6-20 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, greyish-tomentose on both sides, with somewhat rolled margins.
Capitula yellowish, in clusters of 2-12 exceeded by the subtending leaves; involucre 2.5-3.5 mm long, slightly 5-angled pyramidal; bracts of outer 2 series unequal, triangular to lanceolate, herbaceous, cobwebby, with glabrous scarious tips; inner bracts scarious, glabrous, subacute, buff-coloured, each enclosing an outer floret, widely spreading in fruit; female florets 12-18; bisexual florets 2 or 3, 4-merous.
Achenes ellipsoidal, c. 0.6 mm long, sparsely papillose, brownish; pappus of white barbellate bristles to 2 mm long.
Scrub and bare ground on sandy soils.
S.Aust.: SL, SE. W.Aust.; Vic. Native to Europe.
Flowering time: Nov.
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