LAGENOPHORA STIPITATA Asteraceae
Lagena bottle; photos bearing; stipitata stalked (stalked seeds)
Small delicate daisy of grasslands and forests, sometimes forming colonies in shady situations. Leaves 4-5 pointed lobes, soft hairy, in basal rosettes. Flower stems hairy, usually 15cm, bearing single mauve or bluish daisy flower, barely 1cm across.
Flowering in early summer - November/December.
Leaves and bud
Two other species are:
L. huegelii Coarse bottledaisy
named after Austrian plant collector Baron Carl von Huegel. Has smaller flowers,
about 5mm across and leaves with only 6-9 lobes.
Occurs in dry forests.
L. gracilis Slender bottledaisy
which has a virtually hairless, fine flower stem.
Asteraceae subsp. squamatus
Perennial herbaceous daisy with solitary yellow flower heads on wiry stems to 20cm tall. Basal leaves narrow-lanceolate to 5cm long (often not developed), stem leaves alternate,narrow- lanceolate, entire, to 3cm long, bluish-green, white tomentose (hairy) below, rather crowded on lower stem, reduced to bracts on the rising flower stem.
Flower heads button-shaped, composed of numerous yellow tubular florets surrounded
by small overlapping bracts with long marginal hairs and acute brown tips. Pappus bristles white.
Common and widespread in lowland grassy places.
Photo: J & R Coghlan
Subsp. Alpinus (Alpine Scaly
Buttons) occurs in similar habitats in highland areas.
TAS, VIC, NSW, QLD, SA.
Information courtesy of the Launceston Field Naturalists Club.
BRACHYSCOME DIVERSIFOLIA Asteraceae
A sturdy erect daisy with very variable leaves.
Ht 30cm W.40-60cm
Leaves: Hairy, toothed or shallowly to steeply lobed, 5-10cm long.
Flowers: Large white daisies 3-4cm diameter on tall stems.
Flowering: Spring to summer.
Fruit: An achene. (A small indehiscent one-seeded dry fruit, thin walled, formed from one carpel which does not open to release the seeds.)
Habitat/Distribution: Widespread in sandy soil near the coast. Also SA, Vic, NSW, Qld.
Cultivation: A hardy useful rockery or edging plant for full or part sun.
Propagate in autumn from seed which can be slow to germinate, or by cuttings or division. (Can spread).
Tall daisy habitat
TASMANIA'S NATURAL FLORA
(short hairs on seeds, rigidula nearly rigid, erect)
Perennial multi-stemmed leafy purple daisy of grassland in central Midlands and Fingal Valley in Tasmania. Leaves alternate along stems, deeply divided and hairy, lacy in appearance. Flower stems to 40cm, hairy. numerous, each ending in solitary flower with yellow or brownish heart.