Gone to Seed
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Daisies|
|Family:||Daisy (Asteraceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Swamp Star (Actinobole uliginosum)|
|This Photo:||Flowers, ~3mm wide|
|Other names:||Camel Dung, Cotton Weed or Flannel Cudweed|
Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
These are tiny little plants that look more like moss or new seedlings, rather than mature daisies.
They don't seem to have a traditional buds, where the bud comes out then opens. It seems more like the flower grows from within the leaves & pushes out already formed.
On our facebook group, Friends of Ellura, we asked members to come up with a better common name for this beaut little plant.
Ian Gibbins (a strong contributor to our web site) responded with a translation of the latin name:
"actin" means starry or having radiating rays;
"bole" = lump;
"uliginosum" means from the marsh or swamp.
So suggested "Swamp Star". Thank you Ian
While we don't have any swamps on Ellura, we only see this plant when we've had heavy rainfalls in summer & autumn. We also only find them in one spot, in our wettest depression. As such (from both our experience & the latin name), they clearly like wet areas; so we are very lucky to have a patch on Ellura adding to our extensive biodiversity.