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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Compositae
Brachycome breviscapis

Citation: C. Carter, Telopea 1:392 (1978).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Small stemless annual herb to 2 cm high; leaves basal, more or less erect, linear and entire or pinnatisect with 1-4 linear segments, obtuse, 0.5-2 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, glabrous, thickened, semisucculent.

Peduncles radical, robust, to 2.5 cm long (the first-formed one less than 1 cm long), leafless, glabrous; receptacle hemispherical, 1.5-2 mm diam.; involucral bracts 6-9, ovate to broadly obovate, obtuse, 3-4 mm long, glabrous, with purplish entire apices; ray florets 4-10; ligules oblong, to 1 mm long, white; disk florets 5-20; anthers with terminal appendages.

Achenes broadly curieate, straight, terete, 1.5-2.5 mm long, brown; margins with thickened wings bearing silky glandular hairs to 1 mm long; faces smooth, glabrous; pappus prominent, 1-1.5 mm long, with unequal bristles fused into bundles.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — Sept.


SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: Very close to depauperate material of B. lineariloba, which occurs in the same areas, and segregated from it on the basis of the chromosome number of 2n = 8.

Author: Not yet available


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