Petasites pyrenaicus (L.) G.Lopez

Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 42: 323 (1986) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Rhizomatous dioecious herb to 40 cm high (only males seen in Victoria). Leaves suborbicular to reniform, 5–20 cm long and wide, dark green and glabrescent above, paler and pubescent below, base cordate, margins toothed; petiole 10–30 cm long. Capitula 6–20, 5–10 mm diam.; scapes 10–40 cm long, hollow, with 2–7 scale-leaves, glandular-hairy; bracteoles 2–6, linear-lanceolate, 3–8 mm long; involucral bracts lanceolate, 7–12 mm long, glandular-hairy particularly at base. Florets numerous, slightly exceeding involucre, vanilla-scented; disc florets deeply 5-lobed, whitish; ray florets with ligules 4–6 mm long, pink or purplish. Cypselas 1.5–2 mm long; pappus 4–8 mm long, white. Flowers Jun.–Aug.

*GipP, *HSF, *Strz, *VVP. In Victoria known only from a few infestations in the Dandenong Ranges and an old collection from Bungaree near Ballarat. Grows in damp shady places, extending from disturbed sites (roadsides etc.) into native bushland.

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 (as Petasites fragrans (Vill.) C.Presl).
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Petasites
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Petasites pyrenaicus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Petasites pyrenaicus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

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