Brachyscome ptychocarpa F.Muell.

Defin. Austral. Pl. 10 ; Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 43 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Annual or short-lived glabrous perennial; flowering stems erect, 5–20 cm high. Leaves mainly basal but some cauline, at least larger plants with mostly pinnatisect leaves, 1–6 cm long, 0.5–15 mm wide, 4–11-lobed, leaves of smaller plants and often the upper parts of flowering stems linear and entire. Peduncles much longer than subtending leaves; bracts 12–15, 1-seriate, c. equal, obovate or elliptic, 1.2–3 mm long, 0.7–1.9 mm wide, obtuse, the basal and central part green, the margins and apex scarious and purplish, glandular hairs confined to margins; ligules 4–6.5 mm long, white, pinkish or mauve. Cypselas c. 1 mm long, straight, dark brown, ridges of lateral faces undulate, not swollen; marginal wings entire, pale yellow-brown, hairy; pappus 0.1–0.2 mm long, bristles joined. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

CVU, EGU, HNF, HSF, NIS, VAlp. Also NSW. Rare in Victoria. All modern collections come from granitic outcrops, i.e. in Mt Mittamatite Regional Park, nearby Pine Moutain and in the vicinity of Tatong, with plants most commonly growing in mossy hollows in rocks.

A species whose affinity is unclear.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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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 ptychocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome ptychocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales