The Bush Blitz botanical team found a new plant record for Victoria, discovering a black-seed daisy.
The team from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens discovered the daisy in two sites — both damp — on the chenopod plain during the recent Bush Blitz survey at Neds Corner Station in north-west Victoria.
While there are no previous records of this daisy in Victoria, the plant is common in Queensland and New South Wales, and also occurs in South Australia.
This small herbaceous plant (Brachyscome melanocarpa) grows to about 45 centimetres in height. Its flowers are either white or lilac in colour with a yellow centre. The distinctive black seeds give this species its common name.
Bush Blitz is a biodiversity discovery partnership program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia that aims to document the plants and animals across Australia’s National Reserve System.