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Brachycome ciliaris

Citation: Less., Syn. Comp. 192 (1832).

Synonymy: Bellis ciliaris Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. Sp. 2:56 (1806); B. drummondii Walp., Rep. Bot. Syst. 2:584 (1843); B. dimorphocarpa G.L. Davis, Muelleria 1:112 (1959).

Common name: Variable daisy.

Bushy perennial herb to 45 cm high; stems much-branched, erect or ascending, glabrous to woolly; leaves all cauline, sessile, entire and linear, pinnatisect, or lyrate, 1-6 cm long, acute or with acute lobes, narrow at the base.

Peduncles short, filiform, passing into the leafy stems; receptacle convex to conical, 1-2.5 mm diam., involucral bracts 12-30, lanceolate to narrowly obovate, acute, 2-4.5 mm long, green, with torn-ciliate margins; ray florets 20-55; ligules linear, 2-7 mm long, white to mauve; anthers without terminal appendages.

Ray achenes oblong, somewhat flattened, c. 1.5 mm long, brown; margins smooth, not winged; faces tuberculate; pappus minute; disk achenes obovate, flattened, 1.5-2.5 mm long, brown; margins with broad flat wings, ciliate, sometimes shallowly lobed or inrolled; faces smooth, glabrous or with a few hairs; pappus longer than the ray pappus.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: A polymorphic species within which several varieties have been described. Most of these varieties do not have distinct geographical or ecological ranges, two or more often occurring in one population, and might be better regarded as forms.

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Leaves all entire or a few toothed
var. subintegrifolia 7e.
1. Leaves all pinnatisect or toothed
2. Stems densely or sparsely woolly
var. lanuginosa 7c.
2. Stems never woolly
3. Leaves lyrate to obovate and irregularly toothed
var. lyrifolia 7d.
3. Leaves pinnatisect or pinnatifid with linear segments
4. Ligules abortive, hooded, c. 2 mm long
var. brachyglossa 7b.
4. Ligules developed, flat, 4-7 mm long
var. ciliaris 7a.

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