Brachyscome salkiniae P.S.Short APNI*
Description: Perennial, suckering herb with prostrate to weakly ascending or shortly erect branches to c. 30 cm long, glabrous or with very occasional stalked glandular hairs.
Leaves predominantly basal, with some cauline leaves, alternate, green and glabrous with ocassional glandular hairs, tapering to petiole bases, dimishing in size up the branches; spathulate or linear-oblanceolate to oblanceolate in outline, 20–80 mm long, 8–21 mm wide, toothed or shortly lobed, sometimes trifid but mostly with a total of 5–14 teeth or lobes and each terminating in a blunt mucro.
Flowerheads c. 5–7 mm diam., on scapes manifestly exceeding the uppermost leaves. Involucral bracts 12–25, in 1 or perhaps 2 rows and of similar length, elliptic to narrow-elliptic, obovate or lanceolate, 2–4.7 mm long, 0.5–1.8 mm wide, apically subobtuse to acute, mainly herbaceous but with narrow, hyaline margins and apices, mostly glabrous. Ray florets 12–29; corolla 7.6– 11.5 mm long, mauve, lilac or pink. Disc florets c. 50–60, stamens 5.
Achenes flat, obovate to oblanceolate, 2.1–3.4 mm long, with 2 ridges, yellow brown, 1–18 conical tubercles on mature achenes with bi-seriate hairs. Pappus an uneven crown of c. 15–25 white or yellowish-white, basally united bristles.
Flowering: Flowering is recorded for all months, except February, May and June.
Distribution and occurrence: In NSW eastern and south-eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, from about Narooma in the extreme south-east to the Mallacoota region of eastern Victoria and west to about Moe.
On sand and loam, and often noted to be either on river banks or river flats. A species of woodland and forests.
NSW subdivisions: SC
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by Louisa Murrray
Taxon concept: Short, P.S. (2009) Muelleria (27)1: 26-27, Fig.11
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