Pleated Copper-wire Daisy
Several Seed Heads
Pleated Copper-wire Daisy
Almost Seeded
Pleated Copper-wire Daisy (Podolepis rugata var rugata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Sunflowers (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Pleated Copper-wire Daisy (Podolepis rugata var rugata)
This Photo:     🔍Seeds Falling🔎
Other name: Pleated Podolepis

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A single bright yellow flower on top of copper coloured wiry stems.
We have one plant (type2) that looks identical to all the other's except for the flowers. It's quite distinct, being larger, with longer petals (in relation to size) that are "untidy". The usual one (type1) is very neat with it's petals arranged very symmetrically.
It's possible Type 2 is a different variety that we haven't identified yet.
The plant base bulks up over winter and then thins out while flowering; looking half dead. The flower heads stay on the plant 'till the next season; well after they've seeded and shrivelled to black, only pushing them out when the new buds form.

Copyright © 2012-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Dec-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)