Brachyscome decipiens Hook.f.

Field Daisy

Hooker’s London J. Bot. 6: 114 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rosetted herb. Leaves obovate to narrowly elliptic, 2–19 cm long, 5–37 mm wide, entire or serrate in apical half, glabrous, often purplish toward base. Scapes 10–30 cm long, exceeding leaves, glabrous; bracts c. 25, 2-seriate, unequal, elliptic or lanceolate, 5.5–9 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, with usually conspicuous purplish, glandular-hairy margins; ligules c. 9–11 mm long, white, sometimes mauve below. Cypselas laterally compressed, obovate, 2.3–4.6 mm long, 1.2–1.7 mm wide, brown, lateral faces hairy; pappus c. 0.2 mm long, bristles joined. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also NSW, Tas. A polyploid complex ranging from alpine herbfield, heath and woodland, e.g. Bogong High Plains, to lowland grassland and woodland and occurring as far west as the Grampians and Casterton.

Most alpine collections have larger bracts and cypselas than non-alpine specimens. This may reflect different ploidy levels

Source: Short, P.S. (1999). Brachyscome. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-07-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Brachyscome
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Brachyscome decipiens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome decipiens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory