Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

A decumbent to erect annual. Decumbent describes a plant whose growth habit is that of along the gorund with the extremity curving upwards.

It has ripe fruiting capitula (capitulum describes a compact dense flat cluster of small flowers in a flower head).

Centipeda crateriformis, Ilparpa Claypans NT
Centipeda crateriformis, Ilparpa Claypans NT

This prostrate plant is found across the mainland Australia, except for the top end and east coast. Two subspecies documented as native to Victoria.

Centipeda crateriformis, Ilparpa Claypans NT
Centipeda crateriformis, Ilparpa Claypans NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Asteranae
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Genus: Centipeda
  • Species: Centipeda crateriformis
  • Subspecies:
    • Centipeda crateriformis subsp. compacta N.G.Walsh
    • Centipeda crateriformis N.G.Walsh subsp. crateriformis

Footnote & References

  1. Thanks for ID from members of Alice Springs Field Naturalist Club, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/alicefieldnats/
  2. Centipeda crateriformis, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/taxon/apni/51295045
  3. Centipeda crateriformis, VICFLORA, Flora of Victoria, https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/flora/taxon/85c8a5ff-9efe-426d-bee5-3f2f621912a1

Ilparpa Claypans FloraAnnual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii) Apple Bush (Pterocaulon sphacelatum) Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Button grass (Dactyloctenium radulans) Centipeda crateriformis Cyperus sp Goatshead Burr (Sclerolaena bicornis) Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum) Invisible Plant (Siemssenia capillaris) Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) Polycarpaea corymbosa var brevifolia Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) Schenkia australis Small-Leaf Swainson-Pea (Swainsona microphylla) Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) Tiny Purslane (White form) Variable Daisy (Brachyscome ciliaris) Wahlenbergia capillaris Yellow Billybutton (Calocephalus platycephalus)

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