Brachyglottis brunonis

Brachyglottis brunonis

Tasmanian Daisytree

Endemic

Flowering:
December to February

Usual habitat/distribution:
Restricted to only a few spots on the Wellington Range and Mt Dromedary and Mt Faulkner. Grows at an altitude between 600 and 1200m asl amongst shrubby Eucalyptus sub alpine woodlands.

Status:
Rare

Description:
Large shrub/small pyramidal  tree up to about 8m.
Leaves broadly linear, 5-9cm long crowded towards the branch ends. Prominient leaf scars on branches. Hairless, sticky and aromatic (when crushed)
Bright yellow flowers in terminal corymbose panicles (corymbose= arrangement where the lower flowers in the panicle have stems/pedicles which are longer than the upper ones, making the flowers sit about the same height.  panicle=branched inflorescence where the flowers have pedicles/stems)

After years of walking and playing on Mt Wellington, this is the first time I have found this in flower. I remember talking with Mark Wapstra one day in late 2015 whilst on an Orchid foray about this plant. I was learning my Tasmanian plants and wanted something new to go and look for, he suggested this one. On a few occasssions I had gone and had a look, but as it wasn’t in flower it never jumped out at me. To be honest, I probably walked past it a million times and never realised, perhaps just thinking it was a Bedfordia… Of course it is really nothing like a Bedfordia, but thats the reason I am giving myself for not having noticed it.

As I drove up past The Chalet yesterday (8 dec 2017) I noticed a bright yellow daisy looking tree. Realised it was the daisy tree I had been meaning to look for in flower and stopped to have a look. It’s right on the road, as are many others you can see poking their heads out. It is beyond me how I haven’t seen it previously. Maybe I have, who knows. It just goes to show that there is ALWAYS something new to see, no matter how much time you spend with your eyes open on the mountain.

I have read that it only has a small range on Mt Wellington, even though it appears to have a much larger suitable range. Mainly found in the area near the Chalet, below the Organ Pipes and near the Lost World. The population here is the largest, with a smaller number of plants on Mt Dromedary and apparently Mt Faulkner as well. I don’t think there is anything really much happening to ensure the Brachyglottis doesn’t disappear into the history books. Let’s hope it hangs on and is there for years to come.

Leave a comment

%d bloggers like this: