Stiff Cup-flower
Bud almost Flowering
Ellura
Stiff Cup-flower
Full Flower
 
    
Stiff Cup-flower (Pogonolepis muelleriana)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Daisies
Order: Asterales
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)
Species: Stiff Cup-flower (Pogonolepis muelleriana)
This Photo:     New Flower
Synonym: Angianthus strictus

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
A tiny plant that you could confuse with Moss.
Has pointed leaves that quickly die as it buds and flowers.
Has white hairy buds that turn into yellow flower heads (compound flowers).
The outer bracts (backs of flowers) look just like the young leaves. Perhaps they are? They get red/brown tips as they age.
The inner bracts are flat, smooth & pearl coloured with white hairy edges (margins). Very difficult to see, even in the photo's.
Generally has a sprawling habit, but the flower heads always point upwards.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Dec-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)