Glossocardia bidens (Retz.) Veldkamp

Cobbler's Tack

Blumea 35: 468 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Few-branched, often almost leafless, c. glabrous perennial to c. 50 cm high. Basal leaves lanceolate to triangular in outline, 1–8 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide, pinnatisect with narrow acute entire to pinnatifid lobes, green above, glaucous below; petiole 1–5 cm long; cauline leaves few, smaller, simple to pinnatifid, subsessile. Capitula 5–8 mm diam.; involucral bracts 2-seriate, c. equal, narrow-lanceolate, 3–4 mm long; receptacle scales slightly longer and narrower than inner involucral bracts. Ray florets 5–12; ligules 2–4 mm long, yellow; disc florets 7–12, bisexual, 4-lobed, yellow; anthers black. Cypselas linear-lanceolate, 5–8 mm long, compressed, ribbed, glabrous, dark brown; pappus of 2 straight diverging retrorsely barbed awns 1–3(–5) mm long. Flowers mostly summer and autumn.

EGU, SnM. Also WA (naturalised), NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Pacific islands, east Asia. In Victoria uncommon to rare, apparently confined to the valleys of the Ingeegoodbee and Suggan Buggan Rivers in East Gippsland, where occurring in open sites in dryish woodland.

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, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Glossocardia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glossocardia bidens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glossocardia bidens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales