Actinotus forsythii Maiden & Betche

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 27: 60 (1902) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Annual, diffuse herb with procumbent stems to 50 cm long. Leaves glabrous (sparsely pubescent when young); lamina 0.5–1.5 cm long, 1.0–1.5 cm wide, 3–7-lobed, lobes lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, acute; petiole 4–25 mm long. Scape procumbent to ascending, to 10 cm long in fruit, with white spreading hairs; inflorescence terminal or axillary, 1–2 cm diam.; involucral bracts 10–12, spreading, elliptic, c. 7 mm long, white to pink and densely silky hairy above, green to white-pink and sparsely hairy below. Flowers to c. 80 per umbel, all unisexual; outer flowers male, petals papery; inner flowers female, sepals minute and forming skirt on ovary, petals absent. Fruit ovate 1.5–2.5 mm long, dark grey-brown, with a light brown margin, villous and with 2 median ridges on both faces, sepals persistent. Flowers Jan.–May (rarely Sep.–Oct.).

SnM. Also NSW. Known only from the Nunniong Plateau in subalpine mallee woodland. This species requires disturbances such as fire or soil upheaval to stimulate germination and flowering.

Source: Jobson, P.K. (1999). Actinotus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Actinotus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Actinotus forsythii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Actinotus forsythii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales