Cassinia diminuta Orchard

Dwarf Cassinia

Australian Systematic Botany 17: 510 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect aromatic subshrub (0.3–)0.5–0.7(–1.0) m high; branchlets with dense spreading aculeate hairs or sparse cottony hairs in axils and young growth, viscid. Leaves spreading, sessile, terete, 5–18(–30) mm long, 0.7–1 mm wide, glabrous or with sparse minute conical hairs above, dense white cottony hairs beneath except for midrib, apex reflexed at 45–90˚ with a short mucro, margins revolute to midrib. Inflorescences corymbose, 1–8 cm diam. Capitula (20–)70–200, white with greenish base, 5-angled, conical, 2.5–2.8(–3.0) mm long, c. 1.5–3 mm wide. Involucral bracts 15–25, 5-ranked, innermost with lamina deltoid, c. 1.0 mm long, erect, white to greenish; margin entire, incurved. Receptacle bracts 1 or 2. Florets 5 or 6 (rarely 7). Cypsela oblong to obconical, (0.8–)0.9–1.1 mm long, glabrous or with sparse subsessile globular hairs (mainly towards apex); pappus bristles 1.5–2.0 mm long. Flowers Jan. –Mar.

CVU, Gold, VRiv, Wim. A subshrub of the understorey of Eucalyptus behriana mallee and E. tricarpa woodland on sandy-clay soils mostly in the Whipstick and Kamarooka Forests.  Also from near Rushworth where it occurs in E. tricarpa - E. microcrapa woodland and open forest.

Previously included under Cassinia uncata (see note under C. complanata).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-09-25
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-26
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Cassinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cassinia diminuta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cassinia diminuta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia