Coronidium scorpioides (Labill.) Paul G.Wilson

Nuytsia 18: 326 (2008) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect rhizomatous perennial, 5–55 cm high; stems simple or few-branched, cottony and minutely glandular. Leaves sessile, more or less rosetted at base, oblanceolate to almost linear, becoming narrower upwards, (20–)30–90 mm long, 3–14(–21) mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, usually shortly mucronate; upper surface of rosette leaves hispid to scabrous from retained bases of coarse septate hairs, sometimes overlain with fine cottony hairs; lower surface with cottony hairs, interspersed with numerous sessile or subsessile glands; cauline hairs often with cottony hairs only. Capitula solitary, depressed-hemispherical, 20–35 mm diam. at anthesis; involucre 5–8-seriate; bracts wrinkled, laciniate towards apex, woolly near base; outer bracts straw-coloured, often golden-brown at apex; intermediate bracts spathulate, 8–14 mm long, clawed, opaque, pale or lemon-yellow, rarely golden-yellow. Florets numerous, some outer ones female. Cypselas 2–3.5 mm long, 4-ribbed, glabrous, brown with pale longitudinal ribs; pappus bristles 15–25, c. free, 4–6 mm long, white. Flowers (Sep.–)Oct.–Jan.(–Feb.)

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Throughout the state except the north-west, mostly in reasonably well-drained open forest to heathy woodlands, rarely grasslands or heathland, from near sea-level to c. 800 m.

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 (as Helichrysum scorpioides Labill.).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-07-11

Walsh, N.G. (2014). A revision of the Coronidium scorpioides (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) complex., Muelleria 32: 16-33.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Coronidium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Coronidium scorpioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Coronidium scorpioides 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
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
Wilsons Promontory 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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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory