Acaena echinata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Acaena
A. echinata
Binomial name
Acaena echinata
Nees, 1844
  • A. e. var. echinata
  • A. e. var. retrosumpilosa
  • A. e. var. subglabricalyx
  • A. e. var. tylacantha

Acaena echinata, commonly known as sheep's burr, is a species of perennial herb, in the Rosaceae family, native to Australia. It grows to a height of 25–40 cm and has shiny, green fern-like leaves 60–150 mm long which are hairy on the underside. Its tiny pale green flowers form a spike and have purple stamens. The burrs it produces are sharply barbed.[1][2]

The Latin specific epithet of echinata refers to hedgehog, from echinus meaning 'prickly'.[3]


  1. ^ Harden, G.J.; Rodd, A.N. "Acaena echinata". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ Longmore, Sue; Smithyman, Steve; Crawley, Matt (2010). Inland Plants of the Bellarine Peninsula. Bellarine Catchment Network.
  3. ^ Stearn, William (2004). Botanical Latin. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. ISBN 9780881926279.

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