Euchiton umbricola (J.H.Willis) Anderb.

Cliff Cudweed

Opera Bot. 104: 167 (1991), as E. umbricolus APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted, often stoloniferous perennial. Leaves rosetted and cauline, elliptic, obovate or oblanceolate; rosette leaves often long-pseudopetiolate, 1–8(–13) cm long, 5–13(–25) mm wide, upper surface greyish, cobwebbed, occasionally glabrescent, lower surface whitish, with dense, appressed, cottony hairs. Flowering stems spreading to ascending, 5–10(–15) cm long, with c. 4–many leaves smaller than those of rosette, usually becoming more densely cobwebbed above toward inflorescence. Inflorescence terminal (rarely 1–few small axillary clusters below), 8–15 mm diam.; subtending leaves 2–4, 6–25 mm long, densely felted above. Capitula 4–10, campanulate or cup-shaped; inner bracts c. oblong, 3.5–4.5 mm long, obtuse, deeply lacerated at apex, hyaline in the upper half, rarely with a faint purplish band; bisexual florets 6–16 (sometimes more than female florets). Cypselas 1.2–1.4 mm long, sparsely hairy. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Uncommon in Victoria, confined almost exclusively to shaded cliff-faces (often near waterfalls) and boulders above c. 1000 m, but occurring disjunctly at c. 400 m at Kinglake National Park.

The lacerate inner capitular bracts, and relatively high number of bisexual florets are unique in the genus.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Euchiton. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Euchiton
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Euchiton umbricola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Euchiton umbricola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
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