Picris angustifolia ssp. angustifolia

Native Picris

Tufted annual or perennial herb, stems few-branched, covered in forked, hooked hairs, sap milky.

Additional information

  • SynonymSeparated from Picris hieracioides
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size7-140 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesBasal leaves narrow to narrowly egg-shaped, stalked or stalkless, to 40 cm x 3.5 cm, with or without teeth. Few stem leaves, stalked near the base, stalkless above.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to April
  • FlowersSlender terminal flowerhead to 8 mm wide. Bracts with 1-3 lines of hairs along midrib. Seed to 11 mm has a beak 2-7 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDryish to moist soils in grassy woodlands and open forest of the foothills and lowlands. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useA small daisy which lacks the ray florets.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusScattered in a range of communities within the Shire but becoming rare.
  • Related speciesPicris angustifolia ssp. merxmuelleri is usually found above 700 m and probably occurs within the Shire. It has many stalkless stem leaves near the base of the stem and few above. Stout flowerhead of 1-40 flowers, to 10 mm wide. Bracts with 0-2 lines of hairs along midrib. Seed to 6 mm long has a beak less than 1 mm. Photos of both subspecies.
Photographer/s: 1-3 Jackie Miles, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; ssp. merxmuelleri 4, 5 Murray Fagg © Australian National Botanic Gardens

Plant Communities

  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
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