Calotis lappulacea Benth.

Yellow Burr-daisy

in al., Enum. Pl. 60 (1837) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Slender, erect or straggling, much-branched perennial, 20–50 cm high; stems and leaves sparsely hirsute to strigose. Leaves sessile, oblong to narrow-obovate, 4–20 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, entire, distally toothed, or rarely, pinnatifid. Capitula 3–8 mm diam.; involucral bracts oblong, 2.5–4 mm long; ray florets c. 40–60, yellow, 2–4 mm long; disc florets sterile. Cypsela body c. 1.5 mm long, tuberculate (occasionally the tubercles coalescing to form irregular lateral ridges), pale to reddish-brown; major awns 2, diverging at right-angles to plane of cypsela faces, 1–2 mm long, barbed near apex; secondary awns (to 0.5 mm long), above one angle of cypsela, basally united in a group of 3–6, with usually a single awn above the opposite angle. Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Scattered in dry, rocky country in the east (e.g. Deddick, Suggan Buggan, Tabberabbera, Glenaladale), rare in open woodland near Melbourne (e.g. Toolern Vale) and near the northern end of Brisbane Ranges, and on fertile, loam or clay soils in the north and north-west (e.g. Picola, Chinkapook districts).

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 lappulacea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calotis lappulacea 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
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory