Actinotus Labill.

Flannel Flowers

Greek aktinos — ray or spoke, referring to the spreading bracts.

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves divided into 3s. Flowers daisy-like, in a head surrounded by radiating, often woolly bracts. Outer flowers often male, inner ones bisexual and/or female, white to cream, green or pink. Petals 5, spoon-shaped to round or absent. Fruit flattened, 5-ribbed.

Grown for the ornamental, woolly, daisy-like bracted flower heads.

Seed or cuttings.

Petal-like flannel bracts surrounding daisy-like flower head.

18 species from Australia (endemic), 1 from New Zealand.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Apiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Apiaceae
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species         Actinotus helianthi Labill.