Dittrichia viscosa (L.) Greuter

False Yellowhead

Exsicc. Genav. Conserv. Bot. Distrib. Fasc. 4: 71 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Sticky, ascending, much-branched, camphor-scented perennial subshrub or shrub 50–150 cm high, with glandular and occasional pilose eglandular hairs. Leaves sessile, linear-oblong or linear-oblanceolate, 1–10 cm long, 8–30 mm wide, apex acute, base subamplexicaul, entire or denticulate or serrulate, pubescent with glandular hairs and occasional pilose eglandular hairs. Capitula 1.5–2 cm diam., in pyramidal panicles, peduncles 5–10 mm long; involucral bracts erect to patent in fruit, 1.5–8 mm long, outer bracts with sessile glands and pilose eglandular hairs particularly on margins; inner bracts ± glabrous. Florets yellow; ligules 6–8(–12) mm long. Cypselas ellipsoid 1.5–2 mm long; pappus 5.5–6.5 mm long. Recorded flowering in March in Victoria.

*VVP. Also naturalised WA. Native to areas abutting the Mediterranean Sea. In Victoria naturalised in a degraded Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland on a golf course in Glenroy, a suburb in northern Melbourne.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-12-24
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Dittrichia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dittrichia viscosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dittrichia viscosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia