Waitzia acuminata var. acuminata

Orange Immortelle

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect annuals, to c. 50 cm high; branches cottony. Leaves c. linear or oblanceolate, 2–10 cm long, 1–6 mm wide, with prominent long, septate hairs. Capitula solitary or in a loose inflorescence, ovoid to campanulate, c. 15–20 mm diam.; outer and intermediate involucral bracts with linear, glandular-hairy and somewhat cobwebbed claws, and scarious, serrate, minutely scabridulous, yellow to reddish lamina; inner bracts erect, shorter than intermediate ones, lamina c. hyaline or very short and yellowish. Cypsela body c. 1.5 mm long, generally papillose, beak 3–4 mm long; pappus bristles 15–20, about as long as corolla-tube. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP, VRiv. all mainland States. In Victoria mainly in sandy soil in mallee scrubs and Belah woodlands in the far north-west where locally common. An old specimen labelled ‘Kerang’ is of questionable provenance.

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Waitzia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Waitzia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Waitzia acuminata var. acuminata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Waitzia acuminata var. acuminata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
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