Plants of
South Australia
Brachyscome lineariloba
Dwarf Daisy
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Brachyscome from the Greek 'brachys' meaning short and 'kome' meaning hair, referring to the tuft of short bristles or hairs of the pappus. Lineariloba from the Latin 'linearis' meaning linear, straight and 'lobos' meaning lobe, referring to the linear leaf lobes.

Distribution and status

Found across much of South Australia except the north-west and north-east corners, growing in a wide range of habitats, including pastures, gibber plains, shrub steppe, mallee and woodland. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other States.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Annual herb to 15 cm high with very short stems, branching at ground level. Leaves basal and near-basal, not forming a rosette, lobed with 3-9 linear obtuse segments, to 8 cm long. hairless. Flowers small white daisy appearing between June and October. Fruits are hard dense brown daisy heads. Seeds are brown semi-flat pyramid/rocket-shaped seed to 2.5 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, long hairs along the margin. Seed embryo type is spatulate fully developed.

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between October and December. Pick heads that are maturing, drying off, with brown seeds. Place the seed-heads in a tray and leave to dry for a week. Then gently rub the heads with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place. From one collection, the seed viability was average, at 55%.

Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
BGA15,400 (8.17 g)2-Nov-2005DJD170
Eyre Peninsula
2,600 (1.46 g)
2,600 (1.46 g)
Eyre Peninsula
BGA3,300 (1.23 g)15-Oct-2009TST827
Yorke Peninsula
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.