Sclerolaena divaricata (R.Br.) Sm.

Tangled Copperburr

in Rees, Cycl. 31: no. 4 (1815) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Semi-erect subshrub to c. 70 cm high, branchlets glabrous except area surrounding leaf-bases. Leaves linear, c. 10 mm long, flat or slightly concave on upper surface, shortly acuminate at apex, grey-green, glabrous or with a few scattered hairs along narrowly winged lower margin. Fruiting perianth glabrous, straw-coloured, 2.5–4 mm long, obliquely attached and decurrent along branch, attachment concave; limb incurved, not or barely exserted above spine-bases; spines 4, yellowish, widely divergent, the 3 longer spines abaxial or lateral, 5–16 mm long, the shorter adaxially placed and 1–4 mm long. Fruits present most of year.

MuM, MSB, RobP. Also SA, NSW. In Victoria apparently confined to heavy grey clay soils on the Murray River floodplain downstream from about Merbein in the far north-west (e.g. Walpolla and Lindsay Islands, Lake Wallawalla). A specimen at MEL labelled 'Kulkyne, 1928' is of uncertain origin.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-05
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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 divaricata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sclerolaena divaricata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native