Calotis hispidula (F.Muell.) F.Muell.

Hairy Burr-daisy

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 130 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate to ascending annual with stems to c. 12 cm long, variably pilose to strigose. Leaves cuneate, obovate, elliptic or oblong, 5–20 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, distally 3(–5)-toothed or entire, tapered evenly to base. Capitula commonly only c. 3 mm diam. in flower, enlarging rapidly to c. 1 cm in fruit; involucral bracts c. oblanceolate, 2.5–4 mm long; ray florets c. 10, yellow, c. 1 mm long; disc florets fertile. Cypsela body 2–2.5 mm long, pale to dark red-brown, pubescent on faces and at apex; major awns 4 or 5, 1–2.5 mm long, spreading c. horizontally, woolly near base, barbed near apex, alternating with shorter, finer awns or deeply dissected scales. Flowers mostly Aug.–Oct

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All mainland states except ACT. Locally common in the north-west of Victoria, usually occurring on heavier soils in mallee, box woodlands and Eucalyptus camaldulensis forests, less commonly on deep dune sands of the Sunset Country and Big Desert.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-09
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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 hispidula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calotis hispidula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
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
Goldfields present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales