Calotis erinacea Steetz

Tangled Burr-daisy

in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1: 424 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, much-branched, glabrous, short-lived perennial, usually 30–60 cm high. Leaves sessile, oblong, linear or narrow-elliptic, 10–60 mm long, 1.5–7 mm wide, usually toothed toward apex, rarely quite entire. Capitula c. 12–18 mm diam.; involucral bracts c. elliptic, 2.5–5 mm long; ray florets 24–50, yellow, 5–7 mm long; disc florets sterile. Cypsela body 1.5–3 mm long, often with a flattened-tubular apical appendage to c. 1.5 mm high, brown, glabrous; awns usually 2 or 4, rarely 3 or 5, widely spreading (if 2 awns present then spreading in compression plane of cypsela body), 1–4 mm long, dilated and concave near the base, the margins there sometimes toothed, barbed near apex. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

GipP, LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP. All mainland states except ACT. In Victoria confined to the further north-west, but there locally common, usually in dune country, particularly in areas of regeneration following fire or other disturbance.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Calotis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Calotis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calotis erinacea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calotis erinacea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales