Chamomile sunray Rhodanthe anthemoides, copyright M. Fagg. Belongs within: Gnaphalieae. Rhodanthe is an Australian genus of everlasting daisies. Characters (from Flora of Victoria): Annual or perennial herbs, glabrous or variously hairy. Leaves entire, sessile, mostly alternate. Capitula solitary or clustered, homogamous or heterogamous, discoid or disciform, subtending leaves, if present, grading to involucral bracts; involucral… Continue reading Rhodanthe


Showy copper wire daisy Podolepis jaceoides, copyright Neil Blair. Belongs within: Gnaphalieae. Podolepis is an Australian genus of wiry herbs producing commonly yellow flowerheads with involucres bearing membranous bracts (Black & Robertson 1965). Characters (from Black & Robertson 1965): Rather rigid wiry herbs with alternate entire leaves; flowerheads terminal, usually solitary; flowers usually all yellow.… Continue reading Podolepis


Vittadinia scabra, copyright Russell Cumming. Belongs within: Astereae. Vittadinia is an Australasian genus of hairy perennial herbs and subshrubs. Characters (from Black & Robertson 1965): Perennial herbs or small undershrubs with alternate leaves. Involucre cylindrical or campanulate; bracts narrow, in three to five unequal rows, with scarious margins; receptacle naked; ray-flowers female, about 15–40, ligules… Continue reading Vittadinia


Broad-leaved cudweed Filago pyramidata, copyright Philmarin. Belongs within: Inuleae. Filago, herba impia, is a Holarctic genus of greyish composite-flowered herbs. Characters (from Hickman 1993): Annual, greyish, cobwebby to tomentose. Stems generally more or less evenly leafy below, more or less leafless between upper forks. Leaves simple, alternate or seeming whorled, more or less sessile, entire.… Continue reading Filago


Cape marguerite Osteospermum ecklonis, copyright Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz. Belongs within: Asteroideae. The Calenduleae are a group of composite-flowered plants in which the receptacle is naked and which lack a pappus (Black & Robertson 1965). Characters (from Black & Robertson 1965): Heads heterogamous-radiate; disk flowers usually bisexual but sterile; styles of sterile disk flowers shortly bifid… Continue reading Calenduleae


Pearl everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea, photographed by Pendragon39. Belongs within: Gnaphalieae. Anaphalis, the pearl everlastings, is a primarily Asian genus of composite-flowered plants whose inflorescences bear many scarious, usually white bracts surrounding the disk florets. Characters (from Flora of China): Herbs, perennial, rarely annual or biennial, or subshrubs with somewhat woody rhizome. Stems erect or rosette-forming,… Continue reading Anaphalis


Raoulia australis, copyright Ghislain118. Belongs within: Gnaphalieae. Raoulia is an Australasian genus of low-growing, often mat- or cushion-forming herbs and subshrubs (Allan 1961). Characters (from Allan 1961): Low-growing tufted or creeping and rooting herbs or subshrubs, often forming cushions or mats, with small, usually crowded leaves. Capitula heterogamous, discoid, solitary, sessile or subsessile, terminal. Phyllaries… Continue reading Raoulia


Michaelmas daisy Aster amellus, copyright Hectonichus. Belongs within: Astereae. Aster is a Holarctic genus of composite-flowered herbs. Members include the Michaelmas daisy Aster amellus, a perennial species most commonly found in calcareous, rocky soils that has become widely grown as an ornamental. Characters (from Hickman 1993): Annual or perennial from caudex or rhizome. Stem generally… Continue reading Aster


Purple burr-daisy Calotis cuneifolia, copyright Melburnian. Belongs within: Astereae. Calotis is a genus of composite-flowered herbs mostly found in Australia with a small number of species in Asia. Some species, such as C. cuneifolia and C. kempei, bear a pappus of flat, truncate scales alternating with awns; other species bear a pappus of awns only… Continue reading Calotis