Brachyscome multifida DC.

Cut-leaf Daisy

Prodr. 5: 306 (1836) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Sprawling to bushy perennial to c. 40 cm high. Leaves cauline, c. ovate to obovate in outline, 1.5–4 cm long, 4–30 mm wide, glabrous or with scattered glandular hairs; primary lobes entire or divided; secondary lobes (if present) linear or obtriangular to oblanceolate, mucronate. Bracts c. 19–24, c. 1-seriate, equal, obovate or elliptic, 2.5–4 mm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide, often strongly veined, mostly herbaceous but with narrow scarious margins and apex, the apex obtuse, margin usually with glandular hairs; ligules 8–12 mm long, mauve or white. Cypselas obovate, laterally compressed, 3–3.5 mm long, 2.1–2.5 mm wide, dark brown to black; lateral faces prominently tuberculate and hairy; margins entire, smooth or variably tuberculate; pappus c. 0.1 mm long. Flowers mostly Sep.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuF, MuM, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Common, mainly in eucalypt woodland and forests and often in shallow, rocky soils, rather rare in grassland communities.

Smith-White et al. (1970) noted that the species, as defined by Davis (1948), is polymorphic in habit, leaf form and flower colour, and is chromosomally variable, and the recognition of 2 varieties by Davis does not accommodate the observed variation. Accordingly, a broad concept is adopted here and all Victorian material is merely referred to B. multifida pending further revision. Most Victorian specimens are specifically distinct from B. multifida s. str., varying not just in leaf morphology but also in chromosome number, and following the system of Davis (1948), would be referable to B. multifida var. dilatata. Some northern Victorian collections, particularly from the Swan Hill district, are possibly representative of B. multifida s. str.

Various entities are commonly cultivated, including the cultivars 'Amethyst', 'Breakoday', 'Bright Eyes', 'Evan', 'Alba', 'Minima', 'Roulette' and 'White Surprise' (Salkin et al. 1995).

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, 2017-11-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Brachyscome
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Brachyscome multifida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome multifida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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