Brachyscome foliosa P.S.Short

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 28: 150 (2014) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Stoloniferous perennials; flowering stems erect, 7–20 cm high. Leaves mostly rosetted at base, oblanceolate or spathulate, 1.5–3.8 cm long, 3–11 mm wide, shallowly 5–13-lobed, with sparse to rather dense glandular hairs, margins sometimes scarious, bases not or slightly dilated. Flowering stems 1 per tuft, with stalked, glandular and scattered, septate, eglandular hairs, stem-leaves 3–14, oblanceolate, lobed or entire. Bracts c. 12–22, c. 1-seriate, c. equal, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, 4–6 mm long, 1.2–2 mm wide, thinly herbaceous, with narrow scarious margins and scarious apices, upper part of bracts often purplish, outer surface with sparse to somewhat dense glandular hairs, edges of bract margins sometimes with scattered hairs; ligules c. 10 mm long, white or mauve. Cypselas obovate, 1.5–2.4 mm long, 0.8–1.2 mm wide, blackish; pappus c. 0.1 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

HNF, VAlp. In Victoria confined to a few locations on the Bogong and Dargo High Plains, and Cobungra area; a rare species of tussock grassland and alpine herbfield, often on basaltic soils.

Previously referred to as Brachyscome tenuiscapa. This species is now considered endemic to Tasmania and is distinguished from Brachyscome foliosa based on its brown or purplish-brown cypselas rather than black cypselas, the fewer leaves on the scape, and the fewer lobes on the leaves (Short 2014).

Two cypselas in the holotype are triquetrous but are assumed to be an abnormality (Short 2014).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-11-05
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2019-02-21
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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 foliosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyscome foliosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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