Monoculus monstrosus (Burm.f.) B.Nord.

Compositae Newslett. 44: 39 (2006) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual herb to c. 50 cm high; branches somewhat sticky, aromatic, with very shortly stalked, septate, glandular hairs. Leaves glandular-hairy, the lower ones narrowly-elliptic or oblanceolate, 3–10(–17) cm long, 1–2.5(–5) cm wide, c. sinuate, upper leaves c. narrowly oblong or lanceolate, c. 1–2 cm long, 0.2–0.5 cm wide, amplexicaul, entire or shortly toothed. Capitula solitary or several in loose corymbs. Involucral bracts c. 10–12, c. 1-seriate, ovate, largely scarious but midrib glandular-pubescent, purplish; ray florets c. 10, ligules c. 6–8 mm long, yellow or orange distally, purplish near base; disc florets with purplish-black lobes. Cypselas c. 1 cm long, with 3 broad, scarious wings. Flowers Jun.–Nov.

*GipP, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *RobP. Occasional in mallee and box woodlands in the north-west of the State, mostly on sandy soils.

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Osteospermum. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Osteospermum clandestinum (Less.) Norl.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-07-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Monoculus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Monoculus monstrosus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Monoculus monstrosus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

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