Common name: Tree daisy
Montanoa hibiscifolia (Benth.) Schultz APNI*
Synonyms: Montanoa bipinnatifida (Kunth) K.Koch APNI*
Description: Large shrubs c. 2 m or more high.
Leaves pinnatifid, usually palmately lobed on mature leaves, 12–30 cm long, 9–40 cm wide, lobes ovate to ± lanceolate, dark green, minutely pubescent; petiole 4–20 cm long, with 2 auricles and sometimes with a thin blade margin.
Heads pendent, with several to many in compound oppositely branched corymbs; peduncles 2–7 cm long, hairy; involucral bracts reflexed in fruit, 2-seriate, ± equal, ± ovate to lanceolate. Ray florets white; ligules 25–35 mm long, acute to 2-notched. Disc florets green turning yellow. Receptacle scales with long acuminate apices, not persistent at fruiting stage.
Achenes 3.5 mm long, 2.0 mm wide; corolla scar c. 0.6 mm wide, often surrounded by 4 projecting corners. One collection only, Brunswick Heads. Native of S Mexico.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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