Ursinia anthemoides (L.) Poir. Ursinia
Lam., Encycl. 8:257 (1808)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Thursday 19 June 1997

Slender, erect annual, herb, 0.1-0.5 m high. Fl. yellow/orange/cream-white, Jul to Dec. Weed of roadsides & waste places.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P2, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Cross, Southern Jarrah Forest, Tallering, Western Mallee.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Coorow, Corrigin, Cranbrook, Murray, Perenjori, Victoria Plains, Waroona, Woodanilling, Yilgarn.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Wind, adhesion, soil movement.

Notes. Pollinated by bees, wasps, butterflies and spiders. Fruits have both pappus and hairs, so are easily dispersed by wind. Has generally faster, less variable and higher germination rates compared with native annual species, giving it a competitive advantage. Can be abundant immmediately post-fire in banksia woodland, particularly after autumn rather than spring burning, and then declines over time. Responds more positively to higher nutrient additions than native annual Asteraceae species, thus may have a competitive advantage in nutrient enhanced situations, particularly following fire.

Additional information. Origin. Namibia, South Africa. History of use/introduction. Ornamental.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination         Y Y              
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering             Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Fruiting                 Y Y Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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Project information and acknowledgements