Cassinia aculeata subsp. aculeata

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub, to c. 3 m high, branchlets with cottony hairs and with short coarse erect hairs, not or hardly viscid. Leaves spreading, linear, 10–50 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, scabrous, or with short tubercle-based bristles, cottony and glandular beneath (almost to quite obscured), apex acute, margins revolute; petioles to c. 1 mm long. Inflorescences corymbose, 3–12 cm diam. Capitula 30–200, white (or pink in bud), conical, 3.5–4.5 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide; involucral bracts 13–20, innermost with lamina deltoid, c. 1–2 mm long, erect, white, margin entire, incurved; receptacle bracts 4 or 5; florets (4–)5–7. Cypsela cylindric, c. 0.8 mm long, sparsely papillose; pappus bristles c. 2.5 mm long, apex tapering Flowers Nov.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, OtP, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Apart from the north-west and higher alps, common almost throughout the State, often a pioneer species following fire or other disturbance, and a common roadside plant.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-09-20
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Cassinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cassinia aculeata subsp. aculeata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cassinia aculeata subsp. aculeata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory