Brachyscome aculeata (Labill.) Cass. ex Less.

Syn. Gen. Compos. 192 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Branches ascending to erect, 20–60 cm long. Leaves mostly cauline (basal rosette not persisting), glabrous or with glandular hairs; lower leaves oblanceolate to narrowly oblong, 2–9(–15) cm long, 5–15 mm wide, teeth or lobes (if present) mostly straight-edged, 3–10(–17), usually in apical half; uppermost leaves entire and narrowly elliptic or lanceolate. Flowering branches glandular-hairy; bracts c. 12–20, 1–2-seriate, c. equal, obovate to oblanceolate or elliptic, 5–8 mm long, 1.7–2.5 mm wide, obtuse to acute, mostly with scarious margins, these and apex sometimes purplish; ligules 10–20 mm long, white, sometimes bluish beneath. Cypselas obovate to widely obovate, 3–3.5 mm long, 2.1–2.5 mm wide, lateral faces smooth or minutely tuberculate and with eglandular curved hairs, at least immature cypselas with some glandular hairs; wing-like margins entire or irregularly dissected, with eglandular hairs; pappus c. 0.4–0.5 mm high, just exceeding apical notch Flowers Oct.–Apr.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, Wim. Also NSW, ACT. In Victoria mainly in wet sclerophyll woodland or forest in the east but also known from the south-west (Grampians region, Mt Clay, lower Glenelg River). In the high country mainly occurring in or at the edges of Snow Gum woodland, rarely extending into exposed herbfield.

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 aculeata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome aculeata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges 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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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory