20 Jul Everlasting Daisies
Posted at 08:00h in Botany, Specimen of the month, UNE Research
Xerochrysum sp. Glencoe was first collected by Alan Cunningham in 1827 and then again in 1957 by Max Gray. Only recently did we rediscover this stunning perennial herb! It has rosettes of leaves forming a long-lived crown. Each spring it produces solitary heads on stems mostly 30-40 cm tall. Plants can grow over time to have more than 20–30 flowering stems.
This species is restricted to the New England Bioregion, mostly in grassy Snow Gum woodland. At some locations Xerochrysum sp. Glencoe and Xerochrysum bracteatum occur together, but even then the two species are effectively, biologically isolated, as they flower (the time when they might interbreed) at very different, non-overlapping, times of the year.