SPRINGTIME IN TASMANIA - PART 7

Odixia achlaena
ODIXIA ACHLAENA                        Asteraceae
Golden Everlastingbush.
Rare, fast growing daisy bush to 1.2 m. Creamy flowers in Spring. Well drained soil



BRACHYSCOME SPATHULATA ssp. glabra        Asteraceae
Blue Daisy

A perennial herb which may easily be overlooked when not in flower. Pale purple daisy flowers appear alone on a stem arising from a rosette of leaves which are thick and dark green with a number of serrations. The plants have numerous fleshy roots.  Flowering
period is spring at lower altitudes and summer in alpine areas. This is a very tolerant species and grows on the dry sandstone soils near sea level, and in the alpine areas, but absent from the shady forest floors of the mid-altitudes.
Cultivation: easily propagated from seed which is readily collected. Not invasive in the garden but will self-seed.

 Brachyscome spathulata


Leucochrysum albicans ssp albicans var tricolor
LEUCOCHRYSUM ALBICANS
SUBSP. ALBICANS VAR. TRICOLOR                Asteraceae
Grassland Paperdaisy

Perennial everlasting daisy with several flower stems branching from a stout rootstock. Leaves mainly basal, narrow-linear to 12cm long, both surfaces softly felted, white. Flower stems to 30cm, white felty, with a few leafy bracts. Buds usually crimson. Flower heads to 3.5cm diameter, solitary, terminal, dominated by white papery spreading bracts, the outer bracts flushed with crimson, centre of yellow tubular florets.

Flowering October-December, later in montane areas.  Grassy places in Tasmanian
Midlands and some grasslands in the western mountains.

Tas, Vic, NSW, ACT.
Information courtesy of the Launceston Field Naturalists Club.



 
 Olearia stellulata
OLEARIA STELLULATA                        Asteraceae         (pictured)

A variable woody shrub, closely related to O. phlogopappa, 1.5 m tall with slender upright branches. Young growth, branches and underside of leaves densely covered with felty stellate hairs. Leaves oblong to lanceolate 5-9 cm long. 7.5-20 mm wide, margins usually coarsely and evenly toothed, upper surface reticulate, rough to the touch, dark green, under surface fawn with dense covering of stellate hairs. Flower heads numerous on long stalks, 1 or 2 together terminating short lateral branches, florets white, occasionally blue.
Fruit with pappus, achenese (one-seeded dry fruit, thin walled, formed from one carpel), hairy. Flowering September-February. Widespread, in margins of wet forests especially in the south.  
Tas. Vic. NSW. Qld.
Information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalists Club.

Olearia phlogopappa
OLEARIA PHLOGOPAPPA                        Asteraceae       (blue form pictured)
Daisy Bush

A very widespread daisy bush; several distinct varieties are recognised. Leaves and young branches greyish with dense covering of stellate hairs. Upper surface of older leaves usually green (one variety retains the greyish-yellow hairs). Leaves narrow-elliptical, margins crenate or irregularly toothed or occasionally entire. Flower heads white, 2 cm across, numerous in branched inflorescences or solitary, on terminal and lateral shoots.
Blue or pink forms exist. Fruit with pappus. Flowering spring. Common in many places from sea level to mountains, frequent on wet hillsides.                                      Tas. Vic. NSW
Information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalists Club.



Vittadinia muelleri
VITTADINIA MUELLERI                        Asteraceae
Narrowleaf new-holland daisy

(Named after Italian botanist Carlo Vittadinia; and German botanist, Ferdinand von
Mueller)
 
Erect multi-stemmed perennial daisy of grasslands. Leaves divided into 3 lobes, bright
green, hairless, densely clustered. Numerous small purple daisy flowers with yellow
cenres, borne at tips of branches.



Chrysocephalum apiculatum
CHRYSOCEPHALUM  APICULATUM                                            Asteraceae
Common Everlasting

A variable dense, low, spreading perennial herb. Ht.10-50cm  W.20-30cm

Leaves:  Variable, linear-lanceolate to spathulate, 1-7cm long, ending in a short fine point. Grey-green densely hairy upper surface, may have an even denser undersurface. The stem is hairy, woolly, white.

Flowers: Terminal clusters, small, golden, on slender stalks to 30cm.
Flowering:  Early spring/summer, sporadic.
Fruit: An achene.  (A small one-seeded dry fruit, thin walled, formed from one carpel.)
Habitat/Distribution: Widespread in grasslands and as a roadside coloniser.
Also in WA, SA, Vic, NSW, Qld.
Cultivation: Useful hardy, long flowering, spreading, colourful addition to any garden.
Prune after flowering to promote further flowers. Easily propagated by seed, layering
or cuttings.
Note: C. apiculatum has rounded flowerheads. C.semipapposum has a flatter cluster of bright yellow flowerheads on erect stems.

Information Tasmania's Natural Flora.


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