Giant-headed New Holland Daisy
In Flower
Giant-headed New Holland Daisy
In Seed
Giant-headed New Holland Daisy (Vittadinia megacephala)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Sunflowers (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Giant-headed New Holland Daisy (Vittadinia megacephala)
This Photo:     Finished Flowering
Other names: Big-head New Holland Daisy, Giant New Holland Daisy or Large-head New Holland Daisy

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) and elsewhere
The common name derives from the species name; "mega" which means very large, big or giant & "cephala" meaning 'of the head'.
Thanks to Ian Gibbins for informing us that the genus name of Vittadinia is in honour of "Carlo Vittadini, (1800-1865), an Italian doctor and mycologist, author of several important works on Italian mushroom species. The name was given by French botanist Achille Richard in 1832 to a species he collected in New Zealand."
We seemed to have missed measuring this genera; we will rectify this at the earliest opportunity.

Copyright © 2013-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Sep-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)