Wirewort (Asteridea athrixioides)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Daisies     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Daisies (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)
Species: Wirewort (Asteridea athrixioides)
This Photo:     Seeding

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Can be confused with Billy Buttons. Instead of the compound flower head being a whole ball, it's half a yellow ball, with a green hairy cup under.
The cup is hard to see from above. The compound flowers show many patterns through their short life, hence the large quantity of photos.
Has hairy succulent green basal leaves.
See Little Buttons for more description and comparison.
Kym Nicolson highlighted to us that Billy Buttons have a much thicker peduncle (flower stalk) than either Wireworts or Little Buttons.

Similar Species: Little Button (Leptorhynchos tetrachaetus)

Copyright © 2010-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Nov-2010
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)