Cotula vulgaris var. australasica J.H.Willis

Slender Cotula

Victorian Naturalist 73: 201 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual herb to 20 cm high, erect or ascending; stems sparsely branched, glabrous or glabrescent. Leaves narrow-linear to filiform, 1–4 cm long, to c. 1 mm wide, sheathing at base, entire, glabrous except for hairs on base. Capitula 3–5 mm diam., terminal and axillary; peduncles 2–6 cm long, erect, filiform, often sparsely pubescent; involucral bracts 5–8, suborbicular, 2–5 mm long, glabrous. Female florets 1-seriate or absent, corolla absent; bisexual florets numerous, corolla c. 1 mm long. Cypselas of female florets (if present) oblong, c. 1.5 mm long, flat, broadly winged; cypselas of bisexual florets oblong, c. 1.5 mm long, plano-convex, smooth, wingless.  Flowers Aug.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, MuM, OtP, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Scattered across southern Victoria, as far east as the Gippsland Lakes and extending well inland in the west. Found mostly in damp saline areas such as salt lakes and coastal saltmarshes.

Cotula vulgaris var. vulgaris from South Africa has glabrous peduncles and longer (1.5–1.7 mm) corollas.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-09-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Cotula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cotula vulgaris var. australasica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cotula vulgaris var. australasica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Victorian Alps present native

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Western Australia
South Australia