Argyrotegium fordianum (M.Gray) J.M.Ward & Breitw.

New Zealand J. Bot. 41: 609 (2003) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted or rhizomatous, perennial, sometimes mat-forming. Leaves mostly basal, crowded toward branch-tips, c. oblanceolate, 1.5–4 cm long, 5–10 mm wide, both surfaces silver-grey with dense, appressed cottony hairs. Flowering stems erect or ascending, 4–9 cm high (to 15 cm in fruit), with c. 4–10 leaves only slightly smaller than basal ones. Inflorescence initially a terminal cluster, elongating with maturity. Capitula c. 5–15, pedunculate, subtended by a reduced leaf, broadly cylindric; inner bracts c. oblong, 5.5–7 mm long, obtuse or subacute, often with a reddish band just below the straw-coloured tip; bisexual florets 3–13. Cypselas 1.3–1.5 mm long, glabrous. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Moderately common in subalpine to alpine, moist grassland or open heath communities (e.g. Lake Mountain, Baw Baw Plateau, Dargo High Plains, Mts Hotham and Loch, Bogong High Plains, Buckety Plain, Mt Pinnibar, but apparently absent from Snowy Range and Mt Buffalo), sometimes extending into Eucalyptus pauciflora woodlands.

Formerly included with Euchiton argentifolius but distinguished from that species by the larger leaves and capitula.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Euchiton. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Euchiton fordianus (M.Gray) P.S.Short).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Argyrotegium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Argyrotegium fordianum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Argyrotegium fordianum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales