Calotis scapigera Hook.

Tufted Burr-daisy

in T.Mitch., J. Exped. Trop. Australia 75 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted, stoloniferous, glabrous to sparsely strigose perennial, to c. 30 cm high. Basal leaves narrow-oblanceolate to nearly linear, 4–20 cm long, 1–8 mm wide, usually entire, rarely with a few distant teeth; scape leaves linear, to 5(–10) mm long. Scapes unbranched (very rarely 1- or 2-branched); capitula 10–15 mm diam.; involucral bracts obovate, 3–4 mm long; ray florets 20–40, 2.5–5.5 mm long, white, sometimes flushed pink beneath; disc florets sterile. Cypsela body c. 2 mm long, pale to mid-brown, pubescent at apex, the faces smooth, tuberculate or minutely hispid; awns 5–8, stout, 1–4 mm long, subequal or more commonly 2 spreading at right angles to plane of compression of cypsela body, and those above the 2 marginal ridges shorter and often decurved. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, MuF, MuM, MSB, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Scattered on heavy clay soils prone to inundation, mostly north and west of Melbourne, particularly along the Murray River floodplain. Sometimes forming pure patches by the extensively stoloniferous habit. .

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Calotis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Calotis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calotis scapigera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calotis scapigera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales