Vittadinia cervicularis N.T.Burb.

Brunonia 5: 37 (1982) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or perennial, 10–40 cm high; stems branched above base, leafy throughout; stems, leaves and involucral bracts with moderately dense, subapressed or spreading simple hairs and minute glandular hairs (or bracts sometimes glabrescent). Leaves narrowly oblanceolate to obovate or spathulate, c. 10–30 mm long, 1–10 mm wide, often conduplicate, entire or with 1 or 2 pairs of teeth or short lobes above midway; apex obtuse to acute, often recurved. Involucral bracts linear, the longest 8–12 mm long; ray florets purple to whitish, ligules 1–3.5 mm long. Cypsela oblanceolate, sometimes with a narrow subapical neck, 6–10 mm long, flattened, margins strongly thickened, faces with 2–6 ribs, at least some uniting with marginal ribs and/or each other near the apex, hairs scattered, sometimes sparse near base, simple or minutely bilobed apically, sessile or shortly stalked glands present at least near apex; pappus bristles barbellate, the longest 6.5–10 mm long. Flowers mainly Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Not uncommon in sandy mallee of north-western Victoria, scattered from there in drier woodlands to near Melbourne, with easterly disjunctions in the Stratford, Deddick and Suggan Buggan areas.

Burbidge (1982) recognized 4 varieties of V. cervicularis, 2 confined to Western Australia: var. cervicularis extending across the country, and var. subcervicularis occurring in New South Wales and Victoria. The distinction between the latter 2 varieties (at least some of the cypselas of var. cervicularis with a distinct subapical neck, those of var. subcervicularis with an indistinct neck) is not reliable in Victorian specimens (including those determined by Burbidge) and does not correlate with other morphological or ecological attributes.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Vittadinia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Vittadinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Vittadinia cervicularis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Vittadinia cervicularis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales