Actinotus helianthi Labill.

Flannel Flower

Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 67, t. 92 (1804) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual or perennial herb to 1.5 m high, stems covered in woolly hairs. Leaves cauline, lamina to 5 cm long and wide, pubescent with stellate hairs, upper surface green, lower surface cream to dirty grey, pinnately lobed, lobes linear to narrow lanceolate, acute or obtuse; petiole 8–50 mm long, same colour and hairiness as lamina. Scape erect, to 10 cm in fruit, stout, woolly-hairy; inflorescence terminal, 2–8 cm diam.; involucral bracts 10–20, spreading, lanceolate, 2–4 cm long, both surfaces covered in stellate hairs, cream, tipped green. Flowers numerous, outer row male, inner flowers bisexual; sepals c. 1 mm long; petals absent. Fruit obovate, 3–5 mm long, brown, villous, sepals persistent Flowers throughout year

*GipP, *VVP. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Naturalised in sandy heathland in the Frankston-Cranbourne areas, probably an escape from cut-flower market gardens. In New South Wales, this is a characteristic native species of sandstone heathlands.

Source: Jobson, P.K. (1999). Actinotus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Actinotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Actinotus helianthi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Actinotus helianthi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory