Cassinia monticola Orchard

Mountain Cassinia

Australian Systematic Botany 17: 526 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading shrub (30–)50–100(–200) cm high; branchlets usually reddish-purple with a moderate to sparse indumentum of loose white cottony crisped hairs, typically also with sparse to moderately dense emergent glandular hairs, sometimes also occasional subsessile glandular hairs. Leaves spreading to suberect, sessile, narrowly linear or linear to narrowly lanceolate, (10–)15–30(–40) mm long, (1.0-)1.5–3.5(–4.0) mm wide; upper surface ± viscid, usually with dense subsessile glandular hairs and sparse white cottony crisped hairs when young, with sparse to moderately dense cottony hairs when older; lower surface with dense mat of cottony crisped hairs except on ± glabrous midrib; apex acute, slightly reflexed; margins revolute but usually not to midrib. Inflorescences hemispherical, 1–8.5 cm diam. Capitula several hundred, bronze aging to pale straw-coloured to greenish cream, fusiform to cylindric, (4–)5–6 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide; involucral bracts 16–20, innermost oblong, 4.5–5.3 mm long, erect but spreading at apex when dry, creamy white at tip, clear hyaline at margin, otherwise pale yellow-brown; margin entire; receptacular bracts 2–4; florets (4–)5–6. Cypsela ± square in cross-section, (1.2–)1.4–1.5 mm long, weakly longitudinally ridged or wrinkled, glabrous or with occassional subsessile globular hairs; pappus bristles 2–3 mm long. Flowers Feb.–Mar.

GipP, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. On the Nunniong Plateau, Bogong High Plains and Snowy Range in alpine or subalpine herbfield, grassland, shrubland or Eucalyptus pauciflora woodland at altitudes between 1100–1600 m.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-02-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Cassinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cassinia monticola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cassinia monticola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory