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Common Lagenophora

Lagenophora sp. (most likely L. stipitata)

Description:

My 800th PN spotting is this modest, tiny little daisy, found all alone in the middle of a clearing on a sheep farm. I walked for many kilometres around this property, and after finding this single specimen I started looking for more, but no more were to be found so I doubled back later in the day to take its photo. I'm confident this is a species of Lagenophora, a genus of herbs in the daisy family Asteraceae. Lagenophora stipitata occurs naturally in this area. It has a typical small "daisy" flower, and this specimen was roughly the size of a 5 cent coin. Colours range from white, pink, purple to blue. There's a rough vehicle track in use plus hundreds of sheep and cattle that trample through here, not to mention an army of roos that know a tasty morsel when they see one, but this daisy has managed to survive them all. It is also surviving a severe drought, so it's a tough little plant that deserves pride of place at #800.

Habitat:

New England District of the Northern Tablelands, NSW. Rural landscape (sheep and cattle farm), but large areas of natural bushland vegetation in the area. Fully-exposed in a clearing with sandy soils. Drought conditions still persist. There's not much moisture around except for heavy frosts, but It seems to be coping.

Notes:

There are several naturally-occurring Asteraceae in this region, and other ID possibilities for this spotting include: Stuart's daisy (Brachyscome stuartii), white burr daisy (Calotis dentex), and slender bottle-daisy or slender Lagenophora (Lagenophora gracilis) which varies in colour from white through to purple.

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4 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Regardless of size, daisies are beautiful. Plenty of natives too, so faves of mine also.

Single D
Single D a year ago

Poor mans flowers for a bouquet. Favourites of mine.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Thanks, Brian. It took me a while to realise how special it was, but I went back once it all clicked. They are most likely in plague proportions during spring and summer, but maybe the roos and sheep thin the numbers.

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

Congratulations Neil on your 800th!! Beautiful daisy! A true survivor that has defied the odds - excellent find Neil!

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

NSW, Australia

Spotted on Jun 21, 2019
Submitted on Jul 21, 2019

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