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Threatened species

Max Mueller's Burr-daisy - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Calotis pubescens
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 06 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 21 Sep 2021


Max Mueller's Burr-daisy is a perennial herb with thick and fleshy underground stems (rhizomes), and forms large mats. Its leaves are very woolly when young. It has unbranched flowering stems that hold single mauve or white flower-heads in December. Its fruits have two rows of spines that are likely to aid in dispersal.


This species has been recorded from five sites in the Snowy Mountains of NSW (four of which, all in Kosciuszko National Park, are extant). It was first recorded in Victoria in the 19th Century but not seen again there until 2009 when a single large population was discovered south-east of Mt Hotham.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in subalpine treeless plains in herb-rich grassland (often dominated by Poa hookeri); not subject to periodic inundation.
  • Its response to disturbance is largely unknown.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known None