Brachyscome paludicola P.S.Short

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 28: 42, 43 (2014) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Commonly stoloniferous or rhizomatous, ascending to erect perennial (rarely annual) herb, branches to c. 60 cm long. Leaves cauline, entire, linear or narrowly elliptic, 2–8.5 cm long, 0.7–5 mm wide, glabrous. Flowering branches glabrous or sometimes with a few, shortly ­stalked glandular hairs; capitula c. 1–2.5 cm diam. including rays; bracts 12–20, in c. 1 or 2 rows, c. equal, obovate to oblanceolate or somewhat elliptic, 2.3–3.7 mm long, 0.9–2.3 mm wide, mainly herbaceous but with scarious margins which may be purplish, glabrous or with a few glandular hairs; ray florets 17–50, 5.7–9 mm long, white but yellowish on drying, sometimes pinkish on undersurface; disc florets 65–110, yellow. Cypselas obovoid, 1.1–2.6 mm long, 0.5–1.35 mm wide, uniformly brown; lateral faces each with 2 near-marginal ridges, conspicuously tuberculate and with eglandular curved hairs and some glandular hairs; marginal ribs more or less smooth; pappus absent or to c. 0.1 mm high. Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

Brid, CVU, DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Occurs along the Murray River and its tributaries south to near Bendigo, in a belt north of the Grampians and south of Little Desert, on the western outskirts of Melbourne, and at a few scattered localities between Melbourne and the Grampians on inundated clay soils, commonly in Eucalyptus camaldulensis, E. microcarpa or E. largiflorens woodland.

Previously included in Brachyscome basaltica with all Victorian plants included under var. gracilis. Brachyscome basaltica occurs in Queensland and not in Victoria. Brachyscome paludicola is distinguished from B. basaltica in having linear or narrowly elliptic leaves that are narrower (narrowly elliptic, obovate to oblanceolate or lanceolate and 1–14 mm wide in B. basaltica) and in the cypselas being somewhat laterally flattened and usually having distinct longitudinal ridges and margins (swollen and without longitudinal ridges or clear margins in B. basaltica). Brachyscome paludicola also differs from B. basaltica in having a haploid chromosome number of six, not eight (Watanabe et al. 1996; Short 2014).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-11-06
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-28

Short, P.S. (2014). A taxonomic review of Brachyscome Cass. (Asteraceae: Astereae)., Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 28: 1-219.

Watanabe, K., Short, P.S., Denda, T., Suzuki, Y., Ito, M., Yahara, T. & Kosuge, K. (1996). Chromosome number determinations in the Australian Astereae (Asteraceae), Muelleria 9: 197-228.

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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 paludicola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome paludicola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Bridgewater 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 cultivated
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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South Australia
New South Wales