Woolly Yellow-heads
Bud Head, with White Wool now Visible
Woolly Yellow-heads
Final Bud Head
Woolly Yellow-heads (Trichanthodium skirrophorum)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Daisies
Order: Daisies (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)
Species: Woolly Yellow-heads (Trichanthodium skirrophorum)
This Photo:     Buds in the Head now turning Green
Synonyms: Angianthus codonopappus, Gnephosis codonopappa, Gnephosis codonopappus & Gnephosis skirrophora
Other name: Woolly Gnephosis

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
We've searched for a decade to identify this plant, and finally found it.
Young seedlings are easy to confuse with Hairy Cup Flower, until the buds start to show. The Hairy Cup Flower then has a lime green bud, compared with this brown & white bud.
It is a very unique plant with it's defining characteristic being it's bud, which is how it spends most of it's short life. We use the phrase "Mace Bud" to describe it. (after the medieval weapon)
Once in flower it again blends in with the Hairy Cup Flowers, Wireworts & Little Buttons.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Jan-2014
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)