Seeds of South Australia
Brachyscome breviscapis (Compositae)
Short-stem Daisy
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Seed collecting:
October to December
Herbarium region:
Eyre Peninsula
NRM region:
Eyre Peninsula
IBRA region
Talia (EYB04)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: )   (Probable Decline)
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. Breviscapis from the Latin 'brevis' meaning short and 'scapus' meaning stalk; referring to the species having a very short stem.
Endemic to South Australia and known only from  western Eyre Peninsula, extending from about Coffin Bay in the south to Smoky Bay and Davenport Creek (near Ceduna) in the north, growing on loam or sand over limestone.
Native. Rare in South Australia.
Plant description:
Very small stem-less annual herb to 2 cm high. Leaves in a basal cluster, somewhat succulent, linear and entire or pinnatisect to 2 cm long and 2 mm wide. Daisy flower with white ray florets. Flowering between August and September.
Fruit type:
Small brown daisy heads.
Seed type:
Yellow-brown wedge-shaped seed to 2.5 mm long and 1.5 wide, with a cylindrical body and swollen wings with long hairs along the margin.
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.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 95%.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
PJA1781-Jan-2012+5°C, -18°C
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.