Craspedia aurantia J.Everett & Joy Thomps.

Telopea 5: 49 (1992) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Herb with a single flowering scape 15–60 cm high; roots thick, tomentose. Leaves mainly basal, spathulate, 2–16 cm long, 2–25 mm wide, acute to broad-acuminate, attenuate at the base, with one main vein and a few obscure lateral veins, sparsely covered with multiseptate hairs or glabrous. Inflorescence yellow to orange-brown, spherical to hemispherical, 1.5–3 cm wide, with c. 40–90 capitula; scape straw- to red-brown, variously glandular to sparsely silky hairy. Capitula with 5–10 florets; bract subtending capitulum broadly triangular to ovate, margins and lobes membranous, stereome usually ovate, base hairy. Cypselas 0.5–1.5 mm long, 0.1–0.8 mm wide; pappus 2–5 mm long. Flowers summer.

GipP, HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Locally common in alpine and subalpine grassland and open heathland throughout the state.

This species occasionally hybridizes with Craspedia crocata and Craspedia gracilis.

Source: Everett, J. (1999). Craspedia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Craspedia aurantia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Craspedia aurantia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
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
Australian Capital Territory