Brachyscome rigidula (DC.) G.L.R.Davis

Leafy Daisy

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 73: 219, figs 93, 104, pl. 6, map 2 (1948) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to sprawling herb or subshrub, to c. 30 cm high; stems densely glandular-hairy. Leaves cauline, c. obovate in outline, 1–2.5 cm long, 6–20 mm wide, 1- or 2-pinnatifid, glabrous or with scattered to many glandular hairs, primary lobes narrowly elliptic or linear, 0.5–1.5 mm wide, mucronate. Bracts c. 11–20, 1-seriate, equal, elliptic to narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, 3.3–5.6 mm long, 0.8–1.7 mm wide, obtuse, strongly 1-veined, mostly herbaceous but with narrow scarious margins and apex, hairy; ligules 7–13 mm long, white or mauve. Cypselas flat, obovate, 2.3–3.5 mm long, 1.3–1.6 mm wide, body brown, vascular ribs and wings yellowish; lateral faces smooth or shortly tuberculate, scattered glandular hairs present or absent; wing-like margins 0.05–0.5 mm wide, somewhat swollen, irregularly and often deeply dissected, hairy; pappus 0.1–0.4 mm long. Flowers Aug.–May.

EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Ranging from rocky herbfield and shrubland of alpine areas (e.g. Mts Bogong, Hotham and Higginbotham) to subalpine grassland (e.g. Themeda grassland above Lake Omeo) and open eucalypt forest.

Specimens from the alpine region, once included in B. multicaulis, have generally broader leaf segments and more narrowly winged cypselas than those from subalpine regions. The status of B. multicaulis remains uncertain. An old specimen at MEL is labelled 'Grampians'. In the absence of further collections the label is considered to be incorrect.

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 rigidula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome rigidula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory