Common name: Creeping Cudweed
Euchiton japonicus (Thunb.) Holub APNI*
Synonyms: Gnaphalium japonicum Thunb. APNI*
Euchiton gymnocephalus (DC.) Holub APNI*
Gnaphalium gymnocephalum DC. APNI*
Euchiton collinus (Labill.) Cass. APNI*
Euchiton gymnocephalus (DC.) Anderb. APNI*
Euchiton japonicus complex APNI*
Description: Perennial stoloniferous herb 10–35 cm high.
Basal leaves in a rosette, elliptic to oblanceolate, 4–18 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, apex acute, margins entire; lamina with distinct midvein and 2 lateral veins, upper surface green and more or less glabrous, lower surface silvery-tomentose; cauline leaves few, elliptic, stem clasping.
Flower heads 1.5–2 mm diameter, 10-numerous, in a dense terminal globular cluster subtended by 1–3 small lanceolate leafy bracts, smaller clusters sometimes in upper axils; involucral bracts ovate to oblong, acute, glabrous, green near the base, straw-coloured and scarious above, often purple in between.
Achenes obovoid, c. 7 mm long, brown; pappus of smooth bristles cohering at the base and non-persistent, falling away in groups, c. 3 mmm long.
Flowering: Flowers thoughout the year.
Distribution and occurrence: Mainly on the tablelands and north western plains of NSW, Qld, Vic and Tas.
Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and scrub, often in moist sites.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Under Gnaphalium gymnocerphalum (part) in Flora of New South Wales, Volume 3 1992.
APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.