Plants of the Castlemaine District

Common Cotula - native and Ferny Cotula - introduced
(Cotula australis and Cotula bipinnata)

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Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).

Native of Australia (Common Cotula) and South Africa (Ferny Cotula).

Occurrence: Both are widespread plants, growing in seasonally damp places e.g. mud flats or damp roadside verges.

Identification: The two cotulas are similar in appearance. Both are small plants with deeply divided (fern-like) leaves, and small yellow button daisy flowers that terminate the slender flower stalks.

Ferny Cotula (*Cotula bipinnata).

It is an environmental weed.

Common Cotula (Cotula australis)

Name. Cotula: a small cup, from the Greek cotyle, referring to the flowers.

Photo 1: Common Cotula, Golden Square.
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2: Common Cotula. Castlemaine. 4: Ferny Cotula. Muckleford.

Water Buttons (Cotula coronopifolia) is a stouter plant with stem-clasping leaves, and grows in wetter positions.