Microseris scapigera (G.Forst.) Sch.Bip.

Jahresber. Pollichia 22- 24: 310 (1866) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Perennial, 5–25(–40) cm high; roots fleshy and fibrous. Leaves linear, 5–25 cm long, 0.5–5 mm wide, entire or rarely with a few distant linear lobes. Capitula 20–30 mm diam.; peduncles to 25 cm long, usually c. as long as leaves; involucral bracts ovate to narrow-lanceolate, 2–17 mm long, acute. Florets 6–20; ligules 10–15 mm long, slightly exceeding involucre. Cypselas mostly 7–10 mm long, whitish, glabrous; pappus of 30–66 barbellate bristles, 7–12 mm long, hardly widened at base. Flowers mainly spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, VVP, Wim. Also Tas. New Zealand. Formerly widespread in moist depressions on the basalt plains of western Victoria, but now very rare due to loss of habitat.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-01-14
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-08-29

Walsh, N.G. (2016). A name for Murnong (Microseris: Asteraceae: Cichorioideae), Muelleria 34: 63-68.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Microseris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Microseris scapigera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Microseris scapigera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native