Argyrotegium poliochlorum (N.G.Walsh) J.M.Ward & Breitw.

New Zealand J. Bot. 41: 609 (2003) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizomatous perennial, sometimes mat-forming. Leaves mostly basal, crowded toward branch-tips, narrow-oblanceolate or -spathulate, with petiole-like base subequal to broader ‘blade’, 1.5–3.5(–5) cm long overall, 1.5–4(–6) mm wide, both surfaces grey-green with moderately dense, appressed cottony hairs. Flowering stems erect, 4–12 cm high (to 20 cm in fruit), with c. 6–12 reduced leaves. Inflorescence a terminal cluster, elongating with maturity. Capitula 3–5(–7), pedunculate, subtended by a reduced leaf, c. cylindric; inner bracts c. oblong, 5–6.5 mm long, obtuse or ruminate at apex, usually with a reddish band just below the straw-coloured tip; bisexual florets 3–7. Cypselas glabrous, c. 1.4–1.6 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Known in Victoria from the Snowy Range, Mt Buffalo, Bogong High Plains, and Nunniong and Baw Baw plateaus, but probably more widespread. Usually occurring in Sphagnum mossbeds, wet heathland or wettish grassland communities at altitudes between c. 1400 and 1850 m.

Distinguished from Argyrotegium fordianus by the fewer, narrower capitula, and the grey-green rather than silvery leaves.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-11-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-18
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Argyrotegium poliochlorum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Argyrotegium poliochlorum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales