Seeds of South Australia
Brachyscome blackii (Compositae)
Black's Daisy
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Seed collecting:
September to November
Herbarium region:
North Western
NRM region:
Alinytjara Wilurara
IBRA regions
Kintore (GVD04)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [buffel grass potential threat]
Witjira (STP06)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [check ID]
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern   [buffel grass potential threat]
Watarru (CER02) 
 Least Concern   [buffel grass potential threat]
Tieyon (FIN03)Finke
 Data Deficient   [questionable record]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Brachyscome]
Name derivation:
Brachyscome from the Greek 'brachys' meaning short and 'kome' meaning hair or fringe, referring to the short bristles or hairs of the pappus. Blackii named after John McConnell Black (1855–1951), a Scottish-born South Australian botanist and author of first Flora of South Australia.
Found in the far north-western corner in South Australia, growing among rocks on ridges and cliffs and on stony ground. Also found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. Uncommon in Western Australia. Common in the Northern Territory.
Plant description:
Perennial woody herb to 40 cm high, with hairy branches. Leaves sessile, ovate to elliptic in outline, pinnatifid, glandular hairy, to 20 mm long and 7 mm wide. Inflorescence on long stalk above leaves with pale blue to mauve ray florets and yellow disc florets. Flowering between August and September.
Fruit type:
Brown daisy heads.
Embryo type:
Spatulate fully developed.
Seed collecting:
Pick heads that are maturing, drying off, with brown seeds that dislodge easily.
Seed cleaning:
Place the seed-heads in a tray and leave to dry for a week. Then gently rub the heads by hand 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.