Brachyscome spathulata Gaudich. APNI*
Synonyms: Brachycome spathulata Gaudich. APNI*
Brachycome scapiformis DC. APNI*
Brachyscome scapiformis DC. APNI*
Brachyscome spathulata subsp. spathulata APNI*
Description: Erect, tufted, perennial herb to 60 cm high, ± glabrous.
Basal leaves spathulate, 3–6 cm long, 8–34 mm wide, margins finely toothed, ± glabrous, sessile; cauline leaves oblong, finely toothed, woolly, 5–40 mm long, 1–11 mm wide, reducing in size up stem, sessile.
Heads solitary, 10–20 mm diam.; peduncle broad, glandular-pubescent, 15–40 cm long; involucral bracts lanceolate, long-acuminate, herbaceous, woolly to glandular-pubescent, margins entire, membranous. Ray florets pale blue to mauve or rarely white; ligule 5–15 mm long.
Achenes cuneate, 1–3 mm long, brown, glabrous; wings membranous, sometimes slightly incised, margins with hairs; pappus a tuft of bristles 0.2–0.8 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on heavy red and brown clay soils in open areas; south from Glen Innes.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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