Achillea distans subsp. tanacetifolia (All.) Janch.

Tansyleaf Milfoil

Oesterr. Bot. Z. 91: 292 (1942) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect herb to c. 1.2 m high, sometimes branched above base; stems striate, pubescent. Leaves sessile, lanceolate in outline, pinnatisect, usually 5–20 cm long and 10–30 mm wide, pubescent to glabrescent; rachis 1–2 mm wide, winged, lobed or toothed between primary pinnae; primary pinnae usually more than 15 per leaf, ovate to lanceolate, mostly 5–25 mm long; ultimate lobes spreading in one plane. Capitula in dense compound corymbs, 4–6 mm diam.; involucral bracts oblong, 1–5 mm long, pubescent, margins dark and scarious. Ray florets c. 5; ligules, 2–4 mm long, white, pink or red. Disc florets c. 2.5 mm long, yellow. Cypselas to 3 mm long.  Flowers spring and summer.

*CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *HNF, *HSF, *Strz, *VVP. Also naturalised NT, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe. An ornamental herb that occasionally persists in abandoned gardens and has weakly naturalised in some areas.

This species is often mistakenly identified as Achillea millefolium, from which it differs in its winged rachises that are often toothed or lobed between the primary pinnae. The two species are, however variable in this feature, and some collections are difficult to identify with confidence.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Achillea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Achillea distans subsp. tanacetifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Achillea distans subsp. tanacetifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced