Common name: Slender Daisy
Brachyscome exilis Sond. APNI*
Synonyms: Brachycome exilis Sond. APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb to 18 cm high, glabrous to glandular-pubescent.
Basal leaves soon withering, oblanceolate, 1–4 cm long, 3–8 mm wide, margins entire to pinnatisect; cauline leaves oblanceolate to cuneate, 0.7–2 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, pinnatifid or pinnatisect, ± stem-clasping.
Heads 6–7 mm diam.; peduncle naked, filiform, 1.5–5 cm long, usually glandular-pubescent below; involucral bracts oblanceolate, obtuse, green, glandular with entire margins, partially fused at base. Ray florets white; ligule c. 3 mm long.
Achenes reflexed at maturity, cuneate, 4-angled near apex, 1.5–2 mm long; with glandular hairs near apex and sometimes also down centre of each face and margin, small tufts at base of each margin, minutely papillate-pubescent throughout, with 2 ± inflated tangential shoulders just below apex; pale brown; margins smooth, wingless; pappus absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in Bluebush communities on sandy red soils in the southwest of the State.
NSW subdivisions: SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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