Common name: Lord Howe Island Daisy
Brachyscome segmentosa C.Moore & F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb. Stems spreading, decumbent.
Leaves crowded towards ends of shoots, pinnatisect, oblanceolate in outline, 2–5 cm long, 0.5–2.5 cm broad, long-attenuate into a scarcely differentiated petiole, glabrous, with 3 or 4 pairs of segments, each segment 2–5 mm broad, cuneate, usually with 3 apical teeth.
Capitula solitary, c. 1 cm diam.; peduncles 10–20 cm long, naked except for 1 or 2 small bract-like leaves; involucral bracts uniseriate, oblong-elliptic, 5–6 mm long, 2–2.5 mm broad, rounded. Ray florets c. 30, 7 mm long, 0.75 mm broad, white, sometimes tinged pink outside; disc florets numerous, yellow.
Cypselas c. 2 mm long, cuneate, with longitudinal folds; pappus of c. 15 bristles, free, 0.25 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
Frequent in damp rocky ledges at medium to higher altitudes on the southern mountains, rare at lower elevations.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by R.O. Belcher & P.S. Green (1994)
Taxon concept: R.O. Belcher & P.S. Green (1994)
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