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Actinotus helianthi head.jpg
Actinotus helianthi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Mackinlayaceae
Genus: Actinotus

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Actinotus is a genus of flowering plants of the Mackinlayaceae family, with about 18 species. It is native to Australasia. Its best known member is the flannel flower, a common site in Sydney bushland in the spring. The generic name, meaning "furnished with rays" is derived from the Greek stem aktin-/ακτιν- "ray" or "sunbeam".[1][2]

Most species are endemic to Australia with one from New Zealand. Other notable species are A. schwarzii from the Macdonnell Ranges in Central Australia, which closely resembles A. helianthi in appearance, and the rare pink-flowering A. forsythii from the Blue Mountains.[2]

Species include:[3]


  1. ^ Liddell & Scott (1980). Greek-English Lexicon, Abridged Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0-19-910207-4. 
  2. ^ a b Blombery, Alec (1965). "The genus Actinotus". Australian Plants. ASGAP. 3 (22): 63–65. ISSN 0005-0008. 
  3. ^ "Actinotus". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-09-14.