Brachyscome perpusilla (Steetz) J.M.Black

Tiny Daisy

Fl. South Australia 4: 587 (1929) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect glabrous annual, 3–12 cm high. Leaves entire and linear or (mostly) pinnatisect, 0.5–2.5 cm long, 1–15 mm wide, upper half 3- or more lobed, lower half with 2–6, usually shorter lobes, base dilated. Bracts 5–14, 1-seriate, c. equal, elliptic, obovate or ovate, 2–3.4 mm long, 1–2.4 mm wide, glabrous; ligules 0.7–1.3 mm long. Cypselas flat, obovate, 2.1–2.8 mm long, 1.3–1.7 mm wide (excluding divided part of wing-like margins), c. uniformly brown; lateral faces smooth, usually with scattered eglandular hairs; wing-like margins 8–17-lobed, the lobes 0.1–0.4 mm long, each terminating in an eglandular hair. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. A widespread species recorded from the South Australian border to as far east as Briagolong and the Beechworth area. Occupies a diversity of habitats, e.g. Eucalyptus tereticornis woodland at Briagolong, and saltmarsh with Melaleuca halmaturorum at Jilpanger.

Willis (1973) followed Davis (1948) in recognising 2 varieties within the species and in referring most Victorian collections of B. perpusilla to var. tenella, with only some Victorian specimens considered to be 'closely approaching' var. perpusilla. As delimited here only 1 taxon occurs in Victoria and South Australia (other taxa occur in Western Australia). Furthermore, the type specimens of both var. perpusilla and var. tenella are of the same taxon.

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.
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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 perpusilla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome perpusilla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales