Cyphanthera anthocercidea (F.Muell.) Haegi

Large-leaf Ray-flower

Telopea 2: 176 (1981) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect shrub to 3 m high; branches moderately tomentose with branched hairs and sometimes minute glandular hairs. Leaves sessile or subsessile, ovate to narrow-ovate, mostly 25–75 mm long, 8–20 mm wide (juvenile leaves often much larger and petiolate), acute or obtuse, margins flat, virtually glabrous. Inflorescences panicle-like, dense, leafy. Flowers on sparsely pubescent pedicels 2.5–6.5 mm long; calyx campanulate, 3–4 mm long, virtually glabrous; corolla 10–12(–14.5) mm long, virtually glabrous, white with purple striations, lobes ovate-truncate to linear, 4–5.5(–9) mm long, spreading; stamens 2–4 mm long. Capsule more or less globose, 4–5 mm diam.; seeds 2.4–3.5 mm long, pitted, brown. Flowers mainly spring and summer.

GGr, HNF, HSF, MuM, VAlp, Wim. Also ?SA. Rare in Victoria where apparently confined to Mt Arapiles, the Grampians and a few localities between Dargo and Mt Baldhead in Gippsland, growing on rock outcrops.

Possible hybrids between Cyphanthera anthocercidea and C. myosotidea have been noted in the northern Grampians where the two species grow together.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Cyphanthera
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cyphanthera anthocercidea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cyphanthera anthocercidea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia