Common name: Variable Daisy
Brachyscome ciliaris (Labill.) Less. APNI*
Synonyms: Brachycome ciliaris (Labill.) Less. APNI*
Description: Shrubby erect or ascending perennial herb to 45 cm high, glabrous to glandular-pubescent, sometimes woolly.
Leaves cauline, linear, pinnatisect, or lyrate, 1–6 cm long, acute or with acute lobes, narrow at the base, sessile.
Heads 7–15 mm diam., peduncle filiform, 1–4 cm long; involucral bracts lanceolate, acute, green, lacerate. Ray florets white to mauve; ligule 2.5–7 mm long.
Achenes dimorphic, oblong to obovate, flattened, 1.5–2.5 mm long, brown, tuberculate on the faces; ray achenes with smooth margins, unwinged; disc achenes with broad flat wings, sometimes shallowly lobed, curled hairs on body and wing margins; pappus minute but longer in disc than ray achenes.
Flowering: most of year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread species.
Grows on red earths, rarely on sandy or clay soils.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. N.T. S.A. W.A.
Text by J. Everett
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Leaves all pinnatisect or toothed||2|
|Leaves all entire or a few toothed||var. subintegrifolia|
|2||Stems never woolly (except sometimes in the leaf axils)||var. ciliaris|
|Stems densely or sparsely woolly|
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