Seeds of South Australia
Brachyscome tesquorum (Compositae)
Shrubby Desert Daisy
List of species for Brachyscome
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Seed collecting:
August to January
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Kintore (GVD04)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Peake-Dennison Inlier (STP04)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Witjira (STP06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Tieyon (FIN03)Finke
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
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; referring to the short bristles or hairs of the pappus. Tesquorum means of waste ground or desert; referring to its habitat in the centre of Australia.
Distribution:
Found in the north and north-west parts of South Australia, growing on rocky slopes and outcrops, sandplains, watercourses and road drains. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
Status:
Native. rare in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia and Queensland. Common in the Northern Territory.
Plant description:
Small undershrub to 45 cm high with erect hairy stems, densely branching with persistent leaf bases. Leaves all cauline, sessile, oblanceolate, acute, to 50 mm long and 5 mm wide, dentate with few distant acute fillform teeth, hairy. Inflorescence on a long stalk with white or pale blue ray florets and yellow disc florets. Flowering between June and November.
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.