Arctium minus (Hill) Bernh.

Lesser Burdock

Syst. Verz. 154 (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect herbs 0.5–3 m high; stems striate, glabrous or with a mixture of cobwebbed hairs and sessile glands. Basal leaves broad-ovate, to 60 cm long, 35 cm wide, apex acute, base truncate to cordate, margins finely and irregularly toothed, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface tomentose; cauline leaves similar but smaller. Capitula globose in bud, c. 20 mm diam., becoming hemispherical in fruit, in racemose clusters; sessile or on peduncles to c. 2 cm; involucral bracts glabrous or cobwebbed, shiny green and gold. Florets purple or white; corolla about as long as involucre. Cypselas 5–8 mm long; pappus bristles numerous, 1–3.5 mm long. Flowers summer–autumn.

Known in Victoria from a few widely scattered sites in the south, usually in moist, disturbed habitats.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-07-24
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Arctium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arctium minus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arctium minus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct introduced
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced
Central Victorian Uplands extinct introduced
Dundas Tablelands extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales