Golden Sunray
Whole, Bushy, Seeding
Golden Sunray
Perspective with Wireworts
Golden Sunray (Hyalosperma glutinosum ssp glutinosum)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Daisies
Order: Daisies (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)
Species: Golden Sunray (Hyalosperma glutinosum ssp glutinosum)
This Photo:     Strange, see notes
Other name: Everlasting

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
I still have trouble believing this is all Golden Sunray.
But I looked underneath & pulled the seed head and it's all one plant.
I thought I was photographing a milotia or something, with a Sunray next to it. But no.
We've had a few plants we've seen where there is one seed head and then a whole lot of buds. Perhaps rain at the right time gave the plant a burst.
It's possible this is deformed because it's been eaten?
It's here for completeness, and certainly not typical.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Small annual with cylindrical, succulent, green leaves with golden yellow flowers.
The overall shape can vary widely, from a tiny single flower stem, thru wiry & spreading to upright and bushy.
The leaves become hairy/sparsely woolly as they grow.
The buds can be yellow thru burnt orange.
Generally it has one flower at the end of each stem from the base. Often the stem will divide to throw another flower head.
The stems go red from the base with age.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 08-Dec-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)