Asteriscus spinosus (L.) Sch.Bip.

Spiny Golden Star

in P.B.Webb & S.Berthelot, Hist. Nat. Iles Canaries 3 (2:2): 230 (1844) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect perennial herb to 1 m high, villous becoming glabrous with age. Leaves basal and cauline, entire or dentate towards apex; basal leaves rosetted, lanceolate, 33–185 mm long, 6–40 mm long; cauline leaves oblong to narrowly obovate-oblong, 17–108 mm long, 5–20 mm wide, auriculate at base, mucronate. Capitula subsessile or pedunculate, 13–47 mm long; involucral bracts 15–26, 3–4-seriate; outer bracts lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 1.5–4 cm long, usually much exceeding ray florets, spreading, rigid, hirsute, with pungent mucro; inner bracts oblong, 3–10 mm long, mucronate. Ray florets 23–90, 2–3-seriate, cream to golden yellow; disc florets 60–250, pale yellow. Cypselas of ray florets lenticular, 1.6–3.6 mm long; those of disc florets 3-angled, obovoid or compressed, 1–2.5 mm long. Pappus scales numerous, 0.5–2 mm long, acute. Flowers mostly summer.

*MuM. Also naturalised SA. Native to southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-08-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Asteriscus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asteriscus spinosus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asteriscus spinosus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia