A conspicuous, solitary yellow daisy with curling phyllaries (bracts)
Leaves: Crowded at the base, more widely spread on the flower stem, grey-green, soft, usually with
cottony hairs on both surfaces.
Flowers: Solitary yellow flower heads, 2-3cm across, the central part surrounded by curled papery
Flowering: Late spring/summer.
Fruit: An achene (a small indehiscent one-seeded dry fruit, thin walled, formed from one carpel.)
Habitat/Distribution: Widespread in understory in a wide variety of habitats to sea level to alpine.
Also SA, Vic, NSW
Cultivation: Hardy, spreading ground cover. Prune after flowering to maintain carpet effect.
Propagation by division or seed.
Information Tasmania’s Natural Flora publication.
|A prostrate or scrambling plant
forming small flat clumps, bearing clustered pale pink flowers on very
slender stems. Bark light brown to grey. leaves narrow-elliptical, light
green, paler underneath, 6-12 mm long. Flowers in clusters of 6-9, each
flower tubular 5 mm long with one stamen only. Flower tubes and buds deep
pink. Fruit dry.
Flowering November-December. Very local distribution in northern Tasmania, on hills each side of the Tamar.
Tas endemic. Information courtesy of the Launceston Field Naturalists Club.
MYOPORUM PARVIFOLIUM Myoporaceae
(Syn. M. humili)
Prostrate plant with trailing stems 1 metre or more, sometimes reddish in colour..
Flowers: 5 mm dia. white star shaped.
Fruits: 6 mm dia. purple fruits.
Leaves: 2 cm oblong.
Cultivation: Propagate from cuttings.
Prefers sunny, well-drained position. Plant at 1 metre centres for dense coverage.
Distribution: Flinder's Island (Tas), Vic. SA. WA
CALOCEPHALUS LACTEUS Asteraceae
Sprawling grassland daisy forming dense grey-green mats with aromatic foliage. Leaves linear with blunt tip, sticky, both surfaces covered in grey woolly hairs. Flowers forming milky white dense balls on upright flowering stems, individually tiny yellowish flowers only visible when fully open.
GERANIUM POTENTILLOIDES Geraniaceae
One of three in this group of delicate groundcovers (potentilloides, retrorsum, solanderi), potentilloides has leaves like Potentilla, cinquefoil and is a montane plant although it also occurs at lower altitudes. Leaves are dissected into 3-7 lobes, not cut to the base like the other two. Flowers are solitary and very pale pink to white. Flowering in spring.
HYDROCOTYLE SIBTHORPIOIDES Apiaceae
Low ground-hugging plant, often forming dense mats in damp places in grasslands,wetlands and woodlands. Leaves glossy and hairless above, sometimes slightly hairy below, deeply lobed leaves. Tiny flowers in clusters of 3-7.
Other Pennyworts are: H. hirta (Hairy), H.muscosa (Mossy), Callicarpa (Tiny) which are generally found in similar situations.
HYPERICUM GRAMINEUM Clusiaceae
Small St. Johns Wort
Hairless perennial herb with 4-angled slender stems to about 30cm tall, Leaves oblong-lanceolate to 2cm long, opposite and stem-clasping. Flower terminal on long rigid stalk, usually solitary, 1.5cm diameter, 5 yellow rounded petals, more than 20 spreading stamens surrounding the ovary, styles 3. Fruit an ovoid capsule.
A perennial everlasting daisy with a woody rootstock from which rise many smooth erect slender unbranched stems, 20-40cm high. Leaves smooth, blunt, bluish-green, alternate, narrow-linear, 6-15mm long, Delicate white flower heads with small yellow discs 15-25mm wide, outer bracts broad, white, papery and tinged with pale brown.
Flowering January-February. Widespread, occasional in lowlands and abundant in montane grassland. Tas, Vic, NSW, Qld.
Information courtesy of the Launceston Field Naturalists Club