Celmisia Cass.

10 species endemic Aust.; NSW, Vic., Tas.

Celmisia longifolia Cass.

Perennial herb. Leaves basal, linear to linear-lanceolate, entire, up to 20 cm long, with a broad sheathing base, softly mucronate or obtuse, revolute, densely white tomentose underneath, silvery tomentose or glabrescent on the upper surface. Heads solitary on scapes exceeding the leaves; peduncles with linear or lanceolate bracts up to 4 cm long. Involucre broad-turbinate or hemispherical, woolly or glabrous when old, 2–3 cm diam.; bracts imbricate, in several rows; the margins dry or scarious. Ray florets numerous, in a single row, spreading, female; rays 1–2 cm long, white or pink. Disc florets numerous, c. as long as the involucre, bisexual, yellow. Cypselas slightly compressed, with 2–3 prominent veins on each side, silky pubescent, 6 mm long. Pappus of numerous slightly unequal capillary hairs up to 7 mm long. Higher Blue Mts Wet ground. Fl. summer. Snow Daisy