Victorian Naturalist 73: 201 (1957) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|