Euchiton japonicus (Thunb.) Holub

Folia Geobot. Phytotax. 9: 271 (1974) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stoloniferous perennial or biennial. Rosette leaves c. oblanceolate, (2–)4–20 cm long, (2–)4–10(–15) mm wide, upper surface green, glabrous, sparsely cobwebbed, rarely greyish and moderately cobwebbed, lower surface grey or whitish with dense appressed cottony and/or silky hairs. Flowering stems to 35 cm high, with c. 2–6 leaves. Inflorescence terminal (rarely 1–few axillary clusters below), 1–2 cm diam., subtended by 1–3 leaves, the longest c. 1–2 cm long. Capitula (5–)9–20(–35), more or less cylindric at anthesis; inner bracts c. oblong, 3.8–5 mm long, obtuse to rounded (rarely the very innermost 2- or 3-toothed), usually with a purple band just below the straw-coloured tip; bisexual florets (2–)3–7. Cypselas c. 0.6 mm long, sparsely puberulous with minute whitish hairs. Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Common and widespread, particularly in cooler parts of the State, often colonizing bare ground, stream and track margins etc.

Small plants (to c. 10 cm high, with leaves to c. 4 cm long) approach the New Zealand species Euchiton ensifer (Drury) Anderb. and E. delicatus (Drury) Anderb., and have sometimes been referred to the former of these. At least in Victoria, these smaller specimens differ slightly from the New Zealand species in leaf shape and indumentum. Plants which retain a moderately dense cottony indumentum on the leaf upper-surfaces resemble E. audax (Drury) Anderb. (also of New Zealand), but there seems to be no disjunction between these and typical glabrescent E. japonicus. Both the small- and hairy-leaved variants seem to occur in more exposed situations than typical plants. Further research is warranted to determine whether these 'atypical' specimens may be referable to the New Zealand (or other) species, or form distinct, as yet undescribed, taxa.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Euchiton. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Euchiton gymnocephalus (DC.) Anderb.).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2019-02-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Euchiton
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Euchiton japonicus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Euchiton japonicus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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