Calocephalus lacteus Less.

Milky Beauty-heads

Syn. Gen. Compos. 271 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending perennial, 5–70 cm high; branches hairy. Leaves opposite, or the uppermost ones alternate, obovate to oblanceolate or c. linear, 1–5 cm long, 1–4.5 mm wide, tomentose, the midrib and often two lateral veins prominent, uppermost leaves often with a hyaline apex. Compound heads globose to broadly ellipsoid or c. obloid, 0.6–1.5 cm long, with 20–200 capitula; general involucre absent. Capitular bracts 9–16, flat to conduplicate, 1.5–3.3 mm long, the outermost smallest, all mainly hyaline but the uppermost part white, glabrous or with long hairs extending from the margins and near apex of midrib; florets 2–3 per capitulum. Cypselas subobconical; pappus bristles 6–11, plumose in the upper part. Flowers mainly Nov.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also ?WA, SA, Tas. Commonly in grassy, low-lying areas subject to inundation, tolerating a degree of salinity. .

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Calocephalus. 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 Calocephalus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calocephalus lacteus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calocephalus lacteus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
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
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales