Vellereophyton dealbatum (Thunb.) Hilliard & B.L.Burtt

White Cudweed

Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 82: 210 (1981) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ascending to erect annual, or sometimes biennial, 5–50 cm high; stems and leaves densely grey- or white-cottony. Leaves oblanceolate, 1–6 cm long, 0.2–0.7 cm wide. Capitula c. 2–3 mm long, 1–2 mm diam., commonly in clusters of c. 10–40; involucral bracts to c. 2 mm long, c. 0.2 mm wide, externally densely woolly except for the white, petaloid laminae 0.4–0.6 mm long, claw purplish internally; female florets 20–30; bisexual florets c. 6–9, corolla apices reddish. Cypselas ellipsoid-cylindric, c. 0.4 mm long; pappus c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Apr.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Common and widespread on disturbed ground almost throughout the State, avoiding only areas of extremely high or low rainfall.

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Vellereophyton. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-30
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Vellereophyton dealbatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Vellereophyton dealbatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales