Brachyscome dentata Gaudich.

Lobe-seed Daisy

in Freyc., Voy. Uranie 468 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect perennial, 15–45 cm high, with scattered to conspicuous cottony, eglandular hairs, particularly at the base of the plant and immediately below the involucre. Leaves basal and cauline, c. linear or narrowly obovate, 2–8 cm long, 1–5(–10) mm wide, entire or often with the upper section 3(–several)-lobed, glabrous or with scattered cottony hairs. Bracts 13–30, c. 1-seriate, c. equal, mainly obovate or elliptic, 2.6–5.3 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, mainly green but with scarious, often purplish margins, glabrous or hairy; ligules 6.4–11.8 mm long, yellow, maturing white (rarely pale mauve). Cypselas very widely obovate to obovate, 2.4–4.6 mm long, 1.6–2.8 mm wide, light brown; lateral faces with c. 30 short but conspicuous tubercles which may terminate in a hair; wing-like margins inflated, broadly dissected, hairy; pappus 0.5–1.2 mm long, bristles joined at base Flowers most of year.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Growing as far south as Geelong, as far east as Barnawartha, and extending west to the Wimmera and north-west into the Sunset Country and beyond. Occurs in a diversity of habitats, e.g. in Themeda-Rytidosperma grasslands on basalt in the south, in mallee woodlands on sandy loam in the north-west, and in Yellow Gum associations on heavy clay near Dimboola in the west.

A somewhat polymorphic species, with Victorian populations all hexaploid.

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: Frank Udovicic, 2014-09-29
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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 dentata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome dentata 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
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory