Calotis cuneifolia R.Br.

Blue Burr-daisy

Edwards’s Bot. Reg. 6: t. 504 (1820) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect, ascending or procumbent, freely branching perennial; stems glabrescent to pubescent. Leaves spathulate to cuneate, 6–35 mm long, 3–20 mm wide, distally 3–9-lobed, usually abruptly narrowed in lower half, but the base often dilated and stem-clasping. Capitula 1–3 cm diam.; involucral bracts oblong to narrow-elliptic, c. 4 mm long; ray florets 25–55, c. twice as long as bracts, mauve to blue, rarely white; disc florets sterile. Cypsela body 1.5–2.5 mm long, reddish-brown, usually tuberculate; awns 2 (rarely to 4), 1.5–3.5 mm long, divergent, c. continuous with the slightly thickened cypsela margins, barbed near apex, separated at the base by 2(–4) outgrowths of the cypsela body, c. 1 mm high. Flowers Aug.–Feb.

CVU, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Scattered along the Murray River and its floodplain downstream from near Barmah, with occurrences away from the river at Kamarooka and Chiltern. Occurs chiefly on alluvial loam or clay soils, often associated with Eucalyptus camaldulensis.

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 cuneifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calotis cuneifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory