360B-2-Xanthosia-dissecta-fl-Peter-Kinchington.jpg

Xanthosia dissecta

Cut-leaf Xanthosia

Tufted perennial herb, branches spreading.

Additional information

  • FamilyApiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 cm x 30 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeaves mostly basal on stalks 1-8 cm long. Dark green leaves 5-20 mm x 15-25 mm, finely divided 2-3 times, final segments egg-shaped to narrow.
  • Flower colourGreenish-white to reddish
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersAxillary clusters of tiny flowers, cluster branched twice, 1-3 flowers per branch, on long stalks to 25 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to well drained soils in heathy woodlands and beside watercourses. Tolerates light frosts. Semi-shade.
  • Garden useA small plant which is not very obvious growing amongst grasses and other herbs. Interesting foliage.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Related speciesSimilar to Xanthosia leiophylla which has 2-4-branched clusters of 3-6 flowers. Branches may also have 1-3 stalkless flowers at their base. The common stalk is longer, to 40 mm.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4 Peter Kinchington ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 32 Silvertop Ash Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC 45)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • Page 1 of 1