J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 55:140, t. 6, fig. 6 (1931).
Synonymy: Eryngium plantagineum
Common name: Little devil.
Procumbent or prostrate perennial; branches stiff, cylindrical, usually prostrate; leaves almost flaccid; basal leaves flat, lanceolate, 10-25 mm long, 5-6 mm broad, tapering into a longer (3-6 cm) tubular slender petiole; stem-leaves similar but larger (sometimes 12-20 mm broad with 3 acute pungent-pointed lobes and sometimes denticulate below the lateral lobes).
Peduncles 1-5 (rarely 10) mm long; flowerheads axillary, at first hemispherical, then cylindrical, 15-23 mm long, 6-10 mm diam.; involucral bracts 5-8, narrow-lanceolate, 5-7 mm long, spreading, green or purple; torus-scales conical, muricate; sepals green, erect; petals bluish, fringed at the inflexed apex.
Fruit covered with acuminate scales.
Jessop (1981) Flora of central Australia, fig. 352.2.
On temporarily flooded ground, on cracking clays.
S.Aust.: LE. Qld; N.S.W.
Flowering time: Sept. — Oct.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
This species is closely related to E. plantagineum and some authors regard them as conspecific.
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