Rutidosis leptorhynchoides F.Muell.

Fragm. 5: 148 (1866) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Tufted, simple or few-branched, erect herb to c. 30 cm high; stems glabrous but sometimes cottony at very base. Leaves c. linear, mostly 1–4 cm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide, apex rounded, base broad, margins revolute, glabrous. Capitula in corymbose clusters, c. hemispherical, 8–20 mm diam.; involucre 5–8-seriate, 6–12 mm long; bracts herbaceous, margins entire, minutely toothed or lacerate but not ciliate, greenish, dull, more or less sessile. Florets bisexual, numerous, yellow; corolla 5-lobed, longer than involucre. Cypselas c. 1.5 mm long, papillose, dark brown; pappus scales 10–15, fimbriate to plumose, 2–3 mm long, whitish. Flowers mostly late spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, VVP. In Victoria confined to basaltic grasslands between Rokewood and Melbourne where endangered due to loss of habitat (formerly occurring as far west as Casterton, and on the Gippsland Plain near Newry).

The epithet is often spelt as 'leptorrhynchoides' and indeed was originally published with that spelling, but as the intention of the original author was to note its resemblance to the genus Leptorhynchos, correct spelling should follow that of the genus.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-12-01
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-12-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Rutidosis
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rutidosis leptorhynchoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rutidosis leptorhynchoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native