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

COMPOSITAE

Microseris lanceolata
Microseris lanceolata
Black Hill CP, 6 October 2003

Microseris

Tbe name Microseris is made from two Greek words; micros meaning small and seris, the word for chicory. This is a reference to the tuberous roots, like small chicory roots.

Small perenial plants with tuberous roots. Leaves at the base of the plants, and solitary, daisy-like flowers are held on leafless stems.

Plants are widely distributed, 14 species in North and South America and Australasia, but there is only one species in Australia.
 

Microseris lanceolata
Yam daisy, Native yam, Murrnong

Microseris lanceolata
Black Hill Conservation Park
11 October 2003, Microseris lanceolata.
Microseris lanceolata
Black Hill Consevation Park
11 October 2003, Microseris lanceolata.
Microseris lanceolata
Microseris lanceolata
Black Hill CP, 3 Novemmber 2003

A small plant that dies back in summer to a tuber. When active, the leaves grow in a cluster at the base. The flowers are held at the ends of stalks up to 40cm long. The buds droop down until the daisy like flowers are ready to open. The flowers are daisy-like, between 2.5 and 5cm across. The petals are ribbed, and the ends square across, but with a ragged edge.

It is said that the edible roots were an important food source for Aboriginal people. Please remember the plants in our Conservation Parks are protected, and may not be eaten.

It is reported that Microseris lanceolata is susceptible to Phytophthora cinnamomi.

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New page added 26 February 2009
Sources: eFlora of South Australia, Encyclopeadia of Australian Plants.

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