Centipeda cunninghamii (DC.) A.Braun & Asch.

Common Sneezeweed

Ind. Sem. Hort. Berol. app. 6 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or ascending perennial (sometimes annual), to c. 30 cm high; branches glabrous or cottony near growing tips. Leaves oblong or narrowly obovate, 7–30 mm long, 2.5–7 mm wide, serrate, surfaces glabrous, resin dotted. Capitula biconvex, hemispherical or subglobular at anthesis, 4–6 mm diam., solitary, sessile, often axillary; involucral bracts obovate, entire or with minutely ruminate membranous margins, 1.5–3 mm long, glabrous to lightly cottony; receptacle convex; female florets c. 200–350, corollas 0.3–0.5 mm long; bisexual florets c. 20–50, corollas 0.7–0.8 mm long. Fruiting heads usually remaining intact until stems senesce; cypselas oblong, 1.2–1.6 mm long; ribs 4, occassionally also 1 or 2 less raised ribs, smooth or scabridulous, with antrorse, sometimes appressed hairs, usually inrolled at their apices; intervening faces with scattered vesicular trichomes; apex truncate or rounded, extending as a spongy or corky apical portion a quarters of the cypsela length.    Flowers mostly Jan. –Apr.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. All states. Locally common throughout the state on banks of perennial rivers, lakes and dams, on sandy, silty or clayey soils. Occurs from near sea-level to c. 500 m altitude.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Centipeda. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Centipeda
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Centipeda cunninghamii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Centipeda cunninghamii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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