Brunonia australis Sm. ex R.Br.

Blue Pincushion

Prodr. 590 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leaves oblanceolate to obovate, 3–16 cm long, 3–45 mm wide, surfaces green, silky-villous, apex c. acute, base attenuate and petiole-like. Scapes usually several–many, terminal on short branchlets, erect, 5–32 cm long, unbranched, hairy; heads hemispherical, 13–25 mm diam.; outer involucral bracts mostly 3.5–8 mm long, inner bracts shorter; bracteoles 4–5 mm long. Sepals 3–4 mm long; corolla 6–10 mm long, bright blue; corolla tube narrow, to c. 5 mm long; corolla-lobes linear, spreading; style exserted c. 3 mm; indusium orbicular to broad-elliptic, c. 1 mm long, yellow. Nut c. 3 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states. Widespread throughout most of Victoria, often locally common, particularly in dry to moist woodland communities, frequently on sandy or shallow soils.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Brunoniaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Goodeniaceae
genus Brunonia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Brunonia australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brunonia australis 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
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
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales