Flowering plant (var. ciliaris). Photo: Russell Best, Lake Albacutya, Vic

Flowering plant (var. ciliaris). Photo: Russell Best, Murray Sunset National Park, Vic

Leaves (var. ciliaris). Photo: Russell Best, Lake Albacutya, Vic

Flowering plant (var. lanuginosa). Photo: Chris Lindorff, Ned'sCorner Station, Lake Cullulleraine, Vic

Plants (var. subintegrifolia). Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Dave Mallinson, Galore Scenic Reserve, NSW

Common Name

Variable Daisy




Shrubby perennial forb to 45cm tall.  Leaves alternating up the stems, 1-6cm long, linear, or with linear lobes which may be again lobed, with pointed tips, sticky, hairy.  Flower heads with 20-55 white to mauve to purple ‘petals’, and a yellow centre. Flowers single at the ends of the stems. Rare SA (var. subintegrifolia)

Brachyscome ciliaris var. ciliaris and Brachyscome ciliaris var. lanuginosa are both widespread in the area.  The stems of var. ciliaris are never woolly, whereas the stems of var. lanuginosa are densely to sparsely woolly. Brachyscome ciliaris var. subintegrifolia is occasionally found.  Its leaves have entire margins, or a few of its leaves are toothed.

Description and photo (as Brachycome ciliaris var. ciliaris) (page 652) and line drawing of seed (page 648 Fig. 64 u-v) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales.

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