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Family: Compositae
Brachycome perpusilla

Citation: J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 587 (1929).

Synonymy: Silphiosperma perpusillum Steetz in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1:434 (1845); B. tenella Turcz., Bull. Soc. Nat. Mosc. 24:175 (1851); B. perpusilla (Steetz)J. Black var. tenella (Turcz.)G.L. Davis, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 73:231 (1948); S. collinum Sonder, Linnaea 25:483 (1853); B. collina (Sonder)Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:521 (1867).

Common name: Tiny daisy.

Annual herb to 10 cm high; stems erect to ascending, branched from the base or unbranched, glabrous; leaves all cauline, linear to oblanceolate, entire to pinnatisect, sheathing at the base, 0.4-3 cm long, glabrous to minutely glandular-pubescent.

Peduncles filiform, 1-5 cm long, glabrous, with 1-3 leaves; receptacle convex, c. 0.5 mm diam.; involucral bracts 5-9, obovate, obtuse, 2-3 mm long, glabrous or glandular-pubescent, green, entire; ray rioters 15-18; ligules inconspicuous, c. 1 mm long, white; anthers without terminal appendages.

Achenes flattened, obovate, c. 2 mm long, brown; margins broad, wing-like, deeply divided into hair-tipped lobes; faces smooth, sparsely pubescent; pappus absent.

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of Western New South Wales, p. 653.

Distribution:  In mallee and woodland.

  W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: July — Oct.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Silphiosperrna perpusillum was described by Steetz from depauperate plants with entire leaves and unbranched stems. The more luxuriant plants with pinnatisect leaves usually found were treated as var. tenella by Davis. No discontinuity was observed in S.Aust. material to justify recognition of varieties within the species.

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