Arctium lappa L.


Sp. Pl. 816 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect herbs 1–1.5 m high; stems striate, glabrous or with a mixture of cobwebbed hairs and sessile glands. Basal leaves broad-ovate, to 50 cm long, 30 cm wide, apex obtuse, base truncate to cordate, margins finely and irregularly toothed, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface tomentose; cauline leaves similar but smaller. Capitula globose in bud, c. 20 mm diam., becoming hemispherical in fruit, in corymbose clusters; peduncles c. 2 cm long or more; involucral bracts glabrous or cobwebbed, shiny green and gold. Florets purplish-red; corolla about as long as involucre. Cypselas 5–7 mm long; pappus bristles numerous, 1–3.5 mm long. Flowers summer and autumn.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Strz. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to Europe. Known in Victoria from a few widely scattered sites in the south, usually in moist, disturbed habitats.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Arctium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arctium lappa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arctium lappa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

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New South Wales