Arrhenechthites mixtus (A.Rich.) Belcher

Purple Fireweed

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 43: 75 (1956) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect herb, mostly 50–90 cm high; stems simple or little-branched, purplish, sparsely cobwebbed to glabrescent. Leaves ovate to broad-lanceolate in outline, mostly 5–10 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, toothed to pinnatifid or pinnatisect, glabrous to sparsely cobwebbed, upper surface dark green, lower surface often purplish; petiole to c. 25 mm long, sometimes winged. Capitula few, 2–3 mm diam.; involucral bracts 6–8, linear, 10–20 mm long. Outer florets 6–12, 7–14 mm long, minutely ligulate. Inner florets 2–6, yellowish. Outer cypselas 5–7 mm long; pappus 10–15 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

EGL, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Confined in Victoria to the far east, but there locally common in dry to moist, montane to lowland forests, often in rocky areas.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arrhenechthites mixtus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arrhenechthites mixtus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory