Cymbonotus preissianus Steetz

Austral Bear's-ear

in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1: 486 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leaves ovate, elliptic or oblanceolate, mostly 4–15 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, margins irregularly toothed to pinnatisect, upper surface green, glandular-pubescent, lower surface white-woolly; petiole-like base to 15 cm long. Capitula 8–20 mm diam.; peduncles to 12 cm long; involucral bracts lanceolate to ovate, 5–10 mm long, 3-seriate. Ligules linear, 6–10 mm long. Cypselas obovoid, 3–3.5 mm long, more or less straight, glabrous, dorsally finely transversely ridged and tuberculate, inner face with 2 shallow grooves separated by a wrinkled longitudinal ridge. Flowers throughout the year.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and often locally common throughout much of Victoria, in dryish to moist woodlands and open-forests.

In the absence of cypselas the 2 taxa are difficult to tell apart, although C. lawsonianus is generally smaller in all its parts, has less deeply toothed or lobed leaves and tends to favour drier habitats.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2018-01-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Cymbonotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cymbonotus preissianus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cymbonotus preissianus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains 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
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory