Arctotheca populifolia (P.J.Bergius) Norl.

Coast Capeweed

Aquilo, Ser. Bot. 6: 84 (1967) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate to ascending rhizomatous perennial to 30 cm high. Leaves long-petiolate, mostly cauline, broad-ovate, rhombic or triangular, mostly 2–6 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, entire, toothed or with a pair of small shallow basal lobes, surfaces grey- to white-tomentose, densely so beneath. Capitula hemispherical, 15–20 mm diam.; involucral bracts broad-lanceolate, 5–12 mm long, 3- or 4-seriate. Ligules 5–12 mm long, yellow; disc florets yellow. Cypselas 3–5 mm long, covered by white wool; pappus of 6–8 minute obtuse scales. Flowers most of year.

*Brid, *EGL. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to South Africa. Known in Victoria only from far East Gippsland and far south-west Victoria, where it is a species of coastal dunes (with e.g. Spinifex sericeus), accreting mounds of sand as it proliferates.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Arctotheca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arctotheca populifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arctotheca populifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory