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Brachyscome mittagongensis P.S.Short
Family Asteraceae
Brachyscome mittagongensis P.S.Short APNI*

Description: Perennial, rhizomatous herb with prostrate to ascending branches to 50 cm long, glabrous except for ocassional multicellular, conical hairs.

Leaves mainly glabrous, basal and cauline, alternate, most leaves sessile or subamplexicaule, except for the ocassional basal leaf with base-like petioles, narrow oblong or narrow elliptic, ovate-lanceolate or lanceolate, 11–38 mm long, 3.5–11mm wide, apices truncate and 3-tooothed.

Flowerheads subconical, areolate, glabrous; scapes exceeding the upper leaves; involuvre 6 mm diameter; bracts in one row, overlapping, ovate to lanceolate, 2.2–2.5 mm long, thinly herbaceous with hyaline margins. Ray florets c. 40, 8.5 mm long, white with 4 veins converging at apex. Disc florets c. 80, 5-lobed, yellow. Stamens 5.

Achenes flat, obovate, 1.3–1.5 mm long, lateral surfaces with two non-swollen ridges on each lateral surface and tuberculate with biseriate glandular hairs and multicellular hairs, uniformily brown.


Flowering: February to May.

Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in a small region between Mittagong and the lower reaches of the Shoalhaven River. Importantly, for conservation purposes, it is recorded from Stingray Swamp Flora Reserve and slopes above Wingecarribee Swamp.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
AVH map***

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Short, P.S. (2009) A Revision of the Brachyscome linearifolia Group (Asteraceae: Astereae) from South-eastern Australia. Muelleria Vol 27(1).


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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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