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Mauve Burr-daisy - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Calotis glandulosa
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 14 Apr 2022


The Mauve Burr-daisy is a sprawling, branched herb that grows to 20 cm tall and up to 1 m wide. The soft, bright green, hairy leaves have indented edges. They are up to 3 cm long and 9 mm wide. The 2 cm wide flower-heads are solitary, mauve, and have a yellow centre. Flowers may also be white, blue or pink. They appear in spring and summer. Flowers are followed by a head of brown burrs that may stick to clothing and animals' coats.


The distribution of the Mauve Burr-daisy is centred on the Monaro and Kosciuszko regions. There are three known sites in the upper Shoalhaven catchment. There are old and possibly dubious records from near Oberon, the Dubbo area and Mt Imlay.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in montane and subalpine grasslands in the Australian Alps.
  • Found in subalpine grassland (dominated by Poa spp.), and montane or natural temperate grassland dominated by Kangaroo Grass (Themeda australis) and Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) Woodlands on the Monaro and Shoalhaven area.
  • Appears to be a coloniser of bare patches, which explains why it often occurs on roadsides.
  • Apparently common on roadsides in parts of the Monaro, though it does not persist for long in such sites.
  • Does not persist in heavily-grazed pastures of the Monaro or the Shoalhaven area.
  • Dispersed by animals which carry the sticky burrs to new sites.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known North of Eucumbene
South Eastern HighlandsKybeyan-Gourock Known None
South Eastern HighlandsMonaro Known South of Michelago
South Eastern HighlandsOberon Known None