Leptorhynchos sp. in Black Hill, Morialta and Horsnell Gully Conservation Parks

COMPOSITAE

Leptorhynchos squamatus
Leptorhynchos squamatus
Morialta CP, 8 November 2008

Leptorhynchos
buttons

Tbe name Leptorhynchos is made from two Greek words; Leptos meaning slender and rhynchos meaning snout. A reference to the beaked seed of some species.

There are about 10 species of Leptorhynchos, all endemic to Australia. We have just Leptorhynchos squamatus in our Parks.

 

Leptorhynchos squamatus
scaly buttons

Not surprisingly, squamatus means, with scales. This small daisy-like plant can be seen flowering along the sides of the Banksia Trail in Morialta in November.

Leptorhynchos squamatus
Leptorhynchos squamatus
Morialta CP, 8 November 2008

These are small perenial plants, growing to about 40cm tall. The flowers are about 1.5cm across, and are bright golden-yellow. You can see from the photo on this page, the flowers are held on quite long stems which have scaly leaflets on them.

This species is also found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

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New page added 23 February 2009
Sources: eFlora of South Australia, Encyclopeadia of Australian Plants.

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