*Hypochaeris microcephala var albiflora

Family Asteraceae

White Flatweed

Perennial herb to 40 cm high, with radical leaves and a thick fleshy taproot 5 mm diameter, 7 cm deep. Longevity 2 - 5 years.

Flowers: White, October – December.

Fruit: Achene 5 mm long, with pappus of plumose hairs 5 – 8 mm long, October – December.

Seed: Wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe, Asia and North Africa.
  • Weed of woodland and disturbed sites.
  • Occasional in woodland and roadsides at the Australian Botanic Garden, minor weed.
  • Seeedlings observed in bare areas after fire.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Hypochaeris microcephala var albiflora plant

Hypochaeris microcephala var albiflora flower

Hypochaeris microcephala var albiflora fruit