Craspedia variabilis J.Everett & Doust

Telopea 5: 36 (1992) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect herb with 1–several flowering scapes to 50 cm high; roots thick, tomentose. Leaves in a basal rosette and cauline, narrow-spathulate, 5–13 cm long, 5–13(–20) mm wide, broad-acute, pale to olive-green, with glandular hairs and multiseptate hairs and often with very sparse fine woolly hairs (particularly near margins). Inflorescence golden-yellow, c. spherical, 10–25 mm wide, with 40–100 capitula; scape straw-coloured to reddish, with multiseptate hairs and few fine, woolly hairs. Capitula prominently pedunculate, with 7–12 florets; bract subtending capitulum ovate-cordate to broadly deltoid, decurrent on the peduncle, membranous margins variously developed, colourless to brown, stereome ovate from about as wide as membranous margins to comprising nearly all of the bract, glandular, finely and sparsely woolly at base. Cypselas 1.5–2.5 mm long, 0.6–1.2 mm wide; pappus 3–6 mm long Flowers spring and summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Except for the far north-west, widespread in lowlands to montane areas, rarely ascending to subalps, usually on sandy to clay-loam (sometimes very shallow) soils.

Specimens from near Mitiamo have narrower leaves than typical, and in this respect resemble Craspedia sp. 2, but lack the very long, reddish petioles typical of that species.

Source: Everett, J. (1999). Craspedia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Craspedia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Craspedia variabilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Craspedia variabilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory