Flowers in Australia: 12

Daisies

Daisies are members of the Asteraceae, a diverse family of plants comprising about 20,000 species worldwide. In Australia there are almost 1,000 indigenous species comprising shrubs, sub-shrubs, perennial herbs, annuals and a few biennials.

The yellow one above (which I believe is Cosmos sulphurous ) can be seen en masse lining the Blue Mountain railway track and some are growing at Echo Point and in the Waverley cemetery.

 

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  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    20,000 species, that’s because the are the perfect flower!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love daisies – so many varieties, so many colours!

  2. Paper daisies are versatile flowers. Look just the same even when dried. Great photos.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Paper daisies! That’s a nice name, I guess for the everlastings? I grew some once and you are right, they looked the same in the garden and later in a vase (no water). Very versatile.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Aren’t these just the most joyful daisies? 🙂

  4. Heyjude says:

    The yellow ones just seem to grow wild – saw them in a cemetery the other day, blooming away and I don’t suppose they get any water unless it rains!

  5. pommepal says:

    Daisies pop up every where and they are so accommodating.

  6. What a lovely gallery of sunshine!

  7. I’m wondering if the yellow daisy really is Cosmos sulphureus. The flower head center in the photograph at

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos_sulphureus

    is smaller than in your photographs. I found the same discrepancy in other photographs as well, for example

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c248

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, dear, it took me ages to try and figure out what this plant is. The Yellow Cosmos was the closest I could find… but maybe it isn’t 😦

      1. That’s why people refer to flowers of this sort as DYCs, darned yellow composites, of which there are a great many, including plenty that look alike.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Haha, I like that! When I had another look the only one that came close was a Lakeside daisy from Ohio – I figured that wasn’t it!

      2. I had to look up the lakeside daisy, Tetraneuris herbacea, and it does look like the flowers in your photographs. The Wikipedia article says the species is relatively rare and is under stress from loss of habitat, so I’d say you’re right in rejecting it as a possibility. On the other hand, plants have been moved around a lot. For example, when I was in Wollongong in 2005 and went walking along a path in an untended area, I was surprised to come upon some flowering lantana of the type that grows natively in my neighborhood in Austin (I may have mentioned this to you already).

        1. Heyjude says:

          Very confusing! I blame these migrating birds (and the Victorians) 😉

      3. When I was in New Zealand recently I blamed the Victorians for cutting down so much of the native bush and trying mightily to turn the country into a new England, complete with as many familiar plants and animals as possible from back home.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Yes, sadly wherever the English went they tried to create England! You just have to look at India and Africa for that too! Such a shame they didn’t embrace their natural surroundings. People tell me that NZ looks like England, but I didn’t feel that at all. The hills were the wrong shape, the water the wrong colour, the light much clearer…

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