Arctotheca prostrata (Salisb.) Britten

Creeping Bear's-ear

J. Bot. 54: 61 (1916) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate perennial, stems rooting at nodes. Leaves petiolate, basal and in tufts at nodes, oblanceolate in outline, mostly 5–20 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, lyrate-pinnatisect with 2–7 pairs of lobes, margins shallowly toothed, upper surface pubescent to glabrescent, lower surface white-tomentose. Capitula hemispherical, c. 15 mm diam.; involucral bracts broad-lanceolate, 5–10 mm long, 4- or 5-seriate. Ligules 12–20 mm long, yellow above, green or brownish below; disc florets yellow. Cypselas c. 2 mm long, glabrous or somewhat hairy, usually 5-ribbed, wrinkled between ribs; pappus absent. Flowers mainly spring.

*EGL, *GipP, *VVP. Native to South Africa. Apparently naturalised near Beaufort, Craigieburn, Orbost and Templestowe in disturbed grassland.

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

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