Common name: Black-seeded Daisy, Blue Daisy
Brachyscome melanocarpa Sond. & F.Muell. ex Sond. APNI*
Synonyms: Brachycome melanocarpa Sond. & F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect to ascending perennial herb to 45 cm high, glandular-pubescent and septate-hairy.
Basal leaves soon withering; cauline leaves narrow-cuneate, 2–5.5 cm long, to 10 mm wide, margins irregularly toothed to lobed.
Heads 12–30 mm diam.; peduncle 4–12 cm long, with a few reduced leaves near the base; involucral bracts ovate to obovate, obtuse, glandular, green, entire or slightly lacerate. Ray florets white to violet; ligule c. 7 mm long.
Achenes obovate, swollen, 2–2.5 mm long, black; margins narrow, wingless, smooth or tuberculate; faces coarsely tuberculate; pappus of free ± equal bristles to c. 0.4 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on heavy clay soils subject to flooding; west from Gulargambone district.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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