Actites megalocarpus (Hook.f.) Lander

Dune Thistle

Telopea 1: 130 (1976) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or ascending herb to 60 cm high, often clump-forming. Lower leaves crowded, oblanceolate to elliptic, 5–10 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, acute or obtuse, margins entire to shallowly sinuate and toothed; upper leaves elliptic to lanceolate in outline, 5–20 cm long, 1.5–6 cm wide, acute, base auriculate, margins sinuate to pinnatisect, toothed. Capitula 1–2 cm diam.; involucral bracts to c. 20 mm long; outer bracts with a row of fleshy spines near base. Ligules 6–10 mm long. Cypselas 4–8 mm long, glabrous; pappus 7–13 mm long. Flowers mainly Sep.–Mar.

Brid, EGL, GipP, Glep, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Locally common on dunes and cliffs of exposed coasts.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Actites
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Actites megalocarpus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Actites megalocarpus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory