Brachyscome diversifolia (Graham ex Hook.) Fisch. & C.A.Mey.

Tall Daisy

Index Sem. Hort. Petrop. 2: 31 (1835)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending annual or perennial, to c. 50 cm high, with scattered glandular and eglandular hairs. Leaves basal and cauline, oblong to c. spathulate in outline, 2–11.5 cm long, c. 5–20 mm wide, dilated basally, 1 or 2-pinnatifid or -pinnatisect, uppermost leaves reduced and entire. Bracts c. 15 or more, 1–2-seriate, c. equal, elliptic to narrowly elliptic or obovate to oblanceolate, 6.5–10.5 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, mainly herbaceous but with hyaline margins and apices, apices sometimes purplish, variably hairy with glandular and/or eglandular hairs, margins slightly denticulate with glandular hairs; ligules 9–18 mm long, white. Cypselas straight or slightly curved, oblong to cuneate, 1.5–2.5 mm long, 0.5–1.1 mm wide, brown or reddish-brown, tuberculate between the 2 smooth ridges, the tubercles ending in short, straight or slightly curved, simple eglandular hairs; marginal ribs more or less smooth; pappus 0.4–0.5 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Mar.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Widespread from near sea-level to the alps, locally common in eucalypt woodland or forest, often on rocky ground.

This polymorphic, polyploid complex is treated here as one variable species. Three varieties were recognized by Davis (1948), and Willis (1973) considered specimens from the Dargo High Plains to be referable to B. diversifolia var. dissecta G.L.R. Davis. However, that taxon is specifically distinct and occurs in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland; the status of the High Plains entity is unclear. More robust plants from islands of Bass Strait, with mostly 2-pinnatisect, thicker leaves and shorter scapes than in var. diversifolia, were referred by Bentham (1869) to var. maritima Benth. Specimens from the Glennie Group, near Wilsons Promontory, approach this variety in their 2-pinnatisect leaves, but the leaf segments are narrower than in typical var. maritima.

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Brachyscome diversifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome diversifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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