Celery Apium graveolens, copyright Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland.Belongs within: Apiaceae. Contains: Mulineae, Bupleurum, Pleurospermeae, Perideridia, Scandiceae, Smyrnieae, Aciphylla, Anisotome, Pyramidoptereae, Heracleum, Peucedaneae, Cymopterus, Lomatium. The Apioideae are a major subgroup of apiaceous plants in which the flowers are pedicelled in umbers, with styles arising from stylopodia, and fruits are distinctly ribbed (Allan 1961). <==Apioideae… Continue reading Apioideae


African daisy Gerbera jamesonii, copyright Dinesh Valke. Belongs within: Asteraceae. The Mutisioideae are a cosmopolitan group of composite-flowered plants, most diverse in South America, whose members bear flowerheads with overlapping involucral bracts, disc florets with deeply incised corollas, and styles usually sticking far out of the florets. <==Mutisioideae [Mutisieae] PF02 |–Leucomeris PF02 |–Nouelia PF02 |–Schlechtendahlia… Continue reading Mutisioideae


Twiggy wreath plant Stephanomeria virgata, copyright Noah Elhardt. Belongs within: Cichorioideae. Contains: Leontodontinae, Hieracium, Microseridinae, Crepis, Taraxacum. The Cichorieae are a group of composite-flowered plants bearing flowerheads with all flowers ligulate and stems with milky latex. Characters (from Black & Robertson 1965): Flowers all ligulate; plants with milky juice; leaves alternate or radial. Flower-heads homogamous,… Continue reading Cichorieae


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

Five-fingers and Lancewoods

Longtime readers of this blog will know that my knowledge of plants has always been fairly rudimentary. As a young’un, I only ever learnt to distinguish some of the more common and visible varieties. As a student, I did take a few botany classes, but only really enough to learn that plant biology is complicated… Continue reading Five-fingers and Lancewoods


Water snowflake Nymphoides indica, copyright Alex Popovkin.Belongs within: Campanulidae. Contains: Campanulaceae, Stylidiaceae, Goodeniaceae, Asteraceae. The Asterales are a diverse clade of flowering plants including the composite-flowered plants, bellflowers and related taxa, characterised by the possession of notably small seeds (mobot.org). Characters (from mobot.org): Starch generally absent; apotracheal parenchyma absent; leaves spiral; corolla apiculi inflexed; stamens… Continue reading Asterales


Wahlenbergia gloriosa, copyright Murray Fagg. Belongs within: Campanuloideae. Wahlenbergia is a genus of herbs and subshrubs found primarily in the southern temperate regions (Black & Robertson 1965). Characters (from Black & Robertson 1965): Annual and perennial herbs and undershrubs. Flowers usually blue, pedunculate, often in terminal, dichotomous leafy panicles. Calyx and corolla-lobes mostly 5, rarely… Continue reading Wahlenbergia