Common name: Hill Daisy
Brachyscome aculeata (Labill.) Less. APNI*
Synonyms: Brachycome aculeata (Labill.) Less. APNI*
Brachyscome billardierei Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb to c. 60 cm high, glandular.
Basal rosette soon withering; cauline leaves spathulate, to 10 cm long, 20 mm wide, margins crenate to acutely lobed apically, the lowest petiolate; upper leaves linear to cuneate, margins toothed, pinnatifid or entire, sessile.
Heads solitary, 10–20 mm diam.; peduncle robust, leafy at base, to 26 cm long; involucral bracts elliptic, obtuse, glandular, lacerate. Ray florets white; ligule to 8 mm long.
Achenes obovate, flattened, 3–4 mm long, green-brown; wing narrow, thin, entire or finely toothed; margins and body with small, scattered glandular hairs; pappus a tuft of bristles c. 0.3 mm long, equal to notch between wings.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in well-drained to dry situations; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, SWP, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
In the southern tablelands, near Wingello and in Kosiuszko National Park there is a particularly large variant of this species, with much larger flowers and leaves.
Text by J. Everett; updated L. Murray [April 2019]
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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