Bedfordia arborescens Hochr.

Blanket Leaf

Candollea 5: 332 (1934) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or small tree to c. 8 m high. Leaves oblong to narrow-elliptic or lanceolate, mostly 10–25 cm long and 2–5 cm wide, apex acute to rounded, margins entire to crenate, upper surface dark green and glabrous with main veins impressed, lower surface white-tomentose with veins obscured; petiole 10–20 mm long, tomentose. Capitula 3–4 mm diam., many in upper-axillary panicles; involucral bracts 6–9, linear-lanceolate, 4–6 mm long, white-tomentose. Florets 10–20, yellow or orange. Cypselas 2–3 mm long; pappus 4–6 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, ACT. A common component of wet sclerophyll forests, particularly in fern gullies and on rainforest margins.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Bedfordia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bedfordia arborescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bedfordia arborescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
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
Central Victorian Uplands 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory