Wirewort (Asteridea athrixioides)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Daisies
Order: Daisies (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Wirewort (Asteridea athrixioides)
This Photo:     🔍Field🔎

Thank you Margaret Langley for confirming the id of this species for us

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.
We recently photographed Billy Buttons, for the first time, and realised they are massively larger than the other 2 species mentioned.

Similar Species: Little Button (Leptorhynchos tetrachaetus)

Copyright © 2020-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Sep-2020
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)