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Calocephalus platycephalus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Gnaphalieae
Genus: Calocephalus

Achrysum A.Gray

Calocephalus is a genus of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae.[2][3] It is endemic to Australia, where it is represented in every state.[4]

These are annual and perennial herbs and shrubs. The leaves are arranged alternately or oppositely, or both. The herbage is hairy. Flower heads occur at the tips of the stems. There are one to 22 tubular disc florets per head. The fruit is a cypsela with a pappus of narrow scales or simple or plume-like bristles.[4]

  1. Calocephalus aervoides (F.Muell.) Benth. – woolly beauty-heads
  2. Calocephalus citreus Less. – lemon beauty-heads
  3. Calocephalus francisii (F.Muell.) Benth. – fine-leaf beauty-heads
  4. Calocephalus knappii (F.Muell.) Ewart & Jean White
  5. Calocephalus lacteus Less. – milky beauty-heads
  6. Calocephalus lessingii Ewart
  7. Calocephalus multiflorus (Turcz.) Benth. – yellow-top
  8. Calocephalus platycephalus (F.Muell.) Benth. – billybuttons, yellow top, western beauty-heads
  9. Calocephalus sonderi F.Muell. – pale beauty-heads


  1. ^ a b Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  2. ^ Brown, Robert. 1817. "Observations on the natural family of plants called Compositae" in Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 12:106
  3. ^ Tropicos, Calocephalus R. Br.
  4. ^ a b Calocephalus. PlantNET. National Herbarium of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
  5. ^ Calocephalus. The Plant List.

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