Stemless Thistle
Seeding
Murray Mallee Region
Wiry Podolepis
Intermediate Plant in profile
 
    
Wiry Podolepis (Podolepis capillaris)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Daisies
Order: Daisies (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)
Species: Wiry Podolepis (Podolepis capillaris)
This Photo:     Immature/Leafy Plant
Other name: Invisible Plant

Thank you Byron G for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
It's hard to believe the immature plant is the same species. But Darren Schmitke has monitored the growth of one to see it go from this stage to adult, where all the leaves wither and flower stems go wiry.
With the intermediate plant shots (green plant in the background is a different species) the focus of the photos an attempt to show the species in mid-cycle; from all leaves to no leaves.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Sep-2020
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)