Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Gynura drymophila var. glabrifolia P.I.Forst. & Thongp.
Forster, P.I. & Thongpukdee, A. (19880 Austrobaileya 2(5): 564. Type: "cultivated specimen ex BURNETT DISTRICT: Map Reference: MOUNT PERRY 9247–681198, 2 km SW of Boolbunda Rock. 25°08′S, 151°41′E, 15 May 1986, P.I. Forster 2425 (holo: BRI + spirit)."
Herb up to 60 cm tall. Stems glabrous.
Inflorescence terminal. Flowers in heads arranged in loose panicles or racemes. Heads enclosed in hairy bracts, each bract 12-15 mm long. Calyx (pappus) consists of white barbed hairs 13-15 mm long. Corolla tube about 15 x 1 mm, white at the base but yellow-orange at the apex. Corolla lobes triangular, about 0.5 x 0.5 mm. Stamens fused to form a tube around the style. Anthers about 1.6-2 mm long, attached about 5 mm below the top of the tube. Ovary 3.5-4 mm long. Style about 18-20 mm long. Stigmas 2, hairy, each stigma about 2 mm long.
Fruits produced in dense heads. Individual fruits brown, about 6 x 1 mm, longitudinally ridged. Pappus (sepals) white, 7-13 mm long. Embryo 4-4.5 mm long. cotyledons 2-2.5 mm long, slightly longer than the radicle.
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Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as northern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from 500-1180 m. Found in rainforest margins, in microphyll vine forest, sclerophyll forest, open Eucalyptus forest also in woodland, shrubland and coastal heathland.