Calocephalus sonderi F.Muell.

Pale Beauty-heads

Rep. Pl. Babbage’s Exped. 13 (1859)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect annual 6–45 cm high. Leaves mainly alternate, but the lowermost apparently opposite, mostly oblanceolate, sometimes c. linear or lanceolate, 0.5–6.3 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, tomentose, midrib distinct on the upper surface, uppermost leaves with a hyaline apex. Compound heads c. globose to broadly ovoid, 0.6–1.2 cm long, with 50–100 capitula; general involucre barely developed. Capitular bracts 7–10, flat to conduplicate, 1.7–3.5 mm long, mainly hyaline but the uppermost portion constricted and yellow to yellow-orange or white, with long hairs from near apex of midrib; florets 12–22 per capitulum. Cypselas subobconical; pappus bristles 6–8, plumose throughout their length. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

CVU, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Uncommon in Victoria, usually occurring on heavy soils in open woodlands, grassland and saltbush communities subject to inundation.

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Calocephalus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Calocephalus
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales