Picris squarrosa Steetz

in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1: 488 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Perennial, 20–120 cm high, usually with dense simple and mainly 2-fid hooked hairs; stems erect, few-many-branched. Basal leaves petiolate, linear-lanceolate to narrow-obovate or spathulate, 10–45 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, obtuse to acute, base attenuate, margins entire to dentate; cauline leaves sessile, few-many, similar to lower ones but bases truncate to cordate, reduced toward inflorescence and bract-like on peduncles. Peduncles with few–many bracts mostly close below capitulum. Involucre 5–9 mm diam.; involucral bracts 4–19 mm long; outer bracts squarrose with recurved apices, often tomentose along midrib or apical margins, rarely with simple or 2-fid hooked hairs along midrib. Ligules 8–16 mm long. Cypselas mostly 5–8 mm long, beak usually shorter than body; pappus 5.5–10.5 mm long. Flowers mostly Oct.–Apr.

CVU, DunT, EGU, Glep, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VAlp, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Widespread in Victoria but of disjunct distribution. Occurs primarily along the lower Murray River and its tributaries, but also on coastal sand-dunes or in alluvial soils on river banks.

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: Neville Walsh, 2018-05-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Picris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Picris squarrosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Picris squarrosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales