Sclerolaena napiformis Paul G.Wilson

Turnip Copperburr

Fl. Austral. 4: 330 (1984) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Procumbent to semi-erect subshrub, usually several-branched from base; stems spreading or ascending (rarely erect) to c. 50 cm long, branches slender, sparsely covered with short erect or curled hairs. Leaves linear to narrowly obovate, 5–15 mm long, subglabrous on upper surface, with a few appressed hairs beneath. Fruiting perianth hard, sparsely to moderately pubescent; tube broadly turbinate, 2–3 mm long and about as wide, attached centrally at base, attachment circular, flat; apex broadly convex or truncate; limb inconspicuous; spines 5 or 6, spreading-ascending, stout, sparsely pubescent at base, 1–4 mm long, 4 more or less equal, 2 normally shorter than others and unequally developed (1 sometimes suppressed), attached to a short radicular spur. Fruits Nov.–May.

VRiv, Wim. Also NSW. Known only from a few populations in remnant grassland on clay-loam soils in north-central Victoria in the Echuca-Nathalia area, and between Donald and Stawell in the west.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Chenopodiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Sclerolaena
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sclerolaena napiformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sclerolaena napiformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native