Eryngium vesiculosum Labill.


Nov. Holl. Pl. 1. 73, t. 98 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate perennial (sometimes annual or biennial) herb, with short rootstock and clusters of blackish tubers. Basal leaves somewhat rigid, lanceolate, blades 2–15 cm long with long spinous teeth, petiole c. equal to blade. Flowering heads ovoid or hemispheric, 5–7 mm long, 6–8 mm wide on peduncles 1–3 cm long, arising directly from rosette and from one axil of successive pairs of opposite spiny bracts on trailing branches to 30 cm long; bracteoles of involucre 12–13 mm long, longer in primary heads; petals at first white, becoming bluish, apically bifid or sometimes appearing laciniate. Fruit (including persistent calyx segments) 3–4 mm long, covered with shortly acuminate vesicular scales Flowers Dec.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, OtP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, ?NSW, Tas. Widespread and locally common in seasonally wet grassland, sedgeland or grassy woodland, mainly in south-central and south-western districts.

Eryngium vesiculosum is quite variable in size, but does not include plants so-called from New Zealand, New South Wales (with perhaps one or two exceptions), Queensland and Western Australia, which belong to other species as yet undescribed.

Source: Michael, P.W. (1999). Eryngium. 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 Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Eryngium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eryngium vesiculosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eryngium vesiculosum 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory