Brachyscome spathulata Gaudich.

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect herb, branched mostly from base, to c. 60 cm high. Leaves mostly rosetted at base, but some cauline, hairs sparse to dense, glandular; basal leaves spathulate to oblanceolate, 1.7–11 cm long, 6–30 mm wide, teeth or lobes somewhat rounded, 4–19; upper leaves often entire and narrowly elliptic, lanceolate or oblanceolate. Flowering branches glandular-hairy; bracts c. 20–30, c. 1-seriate, c. equal, narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, 6–9 mm long, 1–1.7 mm wide, narrowly acute to attenuate, glandular-hairy, mainly green and herbaceous but with scarious margins and apex, the apex often purplish; ligules 10–16 mm long, mauve or blue. Cypselas obovate, 2.2–5 mm long, 1.1–2.5 mm wide, brown; lateral faces with or without scattered tubercles terminating in eglandular curved hairs, some glandular hairs may be present; wing-like margins entire or slightly dissected, with short, curved eglandular hairs; pappus c. 0.3–0.5 mm high, inserted in apical notch. 

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, WPro. EGL, GipP, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, MonT, SnM, EGU, VAlp.; also NSW, ACT, Tas. Mostly in subalpine and alpine woodland, heathland and grassland, often in rocky areas, rare in lowlands (e.g. Grampians, Mornington Peninsula, Cape Conran, Mallacoota areas) where often associated with heathy woodland on granitic soils.

Brachyscome spathulata subsp. glabra (DC.) Stace has been treated as a separate entity confined to Tasmania, but Short (2014) includes this in a unitary B. spathulata.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-07-08
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2016-07-08

Short, P.S. (2014). A taxonomic review of Brachyscome Cass. (Asteraceae: Astereae)., Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 28: 1-219.

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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 spathulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome spathulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory