SUMMER FLOWERS - Part two

Lagenophora stipitata


LAGENOPHORA STIPITATA            Asteraceae
Blue bottledaisy


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.


L. stipitata bud
    Leaves and bud
L. stipitata seedhead
                   Seedhead


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.

Lagenophora stipitata
                      Colony


Leptorhynchos squamatus florets

LEPTORHYNCHOS SQUAMATUS            Asteraceae    subsp. squamatus
Scaly Buttons

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.

Flowering September-December.
Common and widespread in lowland grassy places.


Leptorhynchos squamatus
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
Tall Daisy

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).





Brachyscome diversifolia
Brachyscome diversifolia habitat









Tall daisy habitat

Information from:
TASMANIA'S NATURAL FLORA

BRACHYSCOMBE RIGIDULA                                                                                 Asteraceae
Cutleaf Daisy

Brachyscombe rigidula
(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.




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