Phyllodes 10–30 mm long, flat or slightly concavo-convex in section. Peduncles 2–10 mm long, stout, usually with a mixture of eglandular hairs and sessile or subsessile glands; heads globular, 6–9 mm diam. (on preserved specimens), 30–50-flowered, usually golden yellow, buds burr-like in appearance due to acuminate, exserted bracteoles. Pods 20–60 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, rounded over seeds. Flowers Jul.–Nov.
CVU, Gold, GGr, HNF, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Widespread through central Victoria, usually growing on ranges in shallow stony or gravelly soil in Eucalyptus open-forest or mallee communities.
Putative hybrids between A. aspera subsp. aspera and possibly A. montana have been reported from the Whipstick north of Bendigo. They apparently resemble A. montana in phyllode characters but possess bracteoles and stipules very similar to those of A. aspera. Likewise hybrids between A. aspera subsp. aspera and A. verniciflua have been observed in remnant roadside vegetation along the Hume Highway south of Benalla. Plants are intermediate between the two parent species in phyllode size, shape, venation and tomentum, and bracteole length (see Piccinin et al. 2004).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|