Cassinia complanata J.M.Black

Smooth Cassinia

Trans. Roy. Soc. South Australia 52: 230 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or semierect shrub (0.2–)0.9–1.5(–2.0) m high; branchlets with moderately dense spreading multicellular hairs, viscid. Leaves semierect to spreading, sessile, narrowly linear to terete, (6–)9–40(–50) mm long, 0.75–1 mm wide, glabrous or with sparse to moderately dense short aculeate hairs above, dense white cottony hairs matted with yellowish resin beneath, apex tapering to an acute uncinate point, margins revolute to midrib. Inflorescences corymbose, 0.5–4 cm diam. Capitula 30–120(–400), white with greenish base, 5-angled, conical, 3.3–4.2(–5.0) mm long, c. 2–3 mm wide. Involucral bracts 15–25, 5-ranked, innermost with lamina deltoid, 1.5–2 mm long, erect, white; lamina margin entire, incurved. Receptacle bracts 1–4. 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 c. 2 mm long. Flowers Jan.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA. Understorey shrub of mallee and low tree-form Eucalyptus woodland on sandy soils in western Victoria from the Big and Little Desert areas to the Grampians and Mount Cole.

This species and the other Victorian species, Cassinia diminuta, C. maritimaCassinia monticola and C. tegulata were previously included under a broadly circumscribed C. uncata. Cassinia uncata as is currently circumscribed occurs in inland New South Wales and in South Australia (Orchard 2007).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-09-25
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-26

Orchard, A.E. (2007). The identity of Cassinia uncata A.Cunn. (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae)., Telopea Telopea 11(4): 431-435.

Hero image
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 complanata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cassinia complanata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales