Xanthosia rotundifolia

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Xanthosia rotundifolia
Xanthosia rotundifolia Torndirrup.jpg
Xanthosia rotundifolia near Torndirrup
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Xanthosia
Species: X. rotundifolia
Binomial name
Xanthosia rotundifolia

Xanthosia rotundifolia is a species of the plant family Apiaceae, but sometimes also placed in Araliaceae or Mackinlayaceae. The informal name of this species, southern cross, is derived from the common name of the constellation Crux. The flowers, white in colour, symmetrical, and cruciform in outline, are reminiscent of the distinctive southern stars.[1] Its habit is as a shrub between 0.35 metres (1.1 ft) to 0.8 metres (2.6 ft) in height. It only occurs in southern regions of Southwest Australia, in a variety of soils over granite or laterite. It was first described by de Candolle in 1829.[2]


  1. ^ "Stirling Ranges". Visit Western Australia Online. Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Xanthosia Rudge". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.