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Species profile—Peripleura scabra


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Asteraceae (sunflower)
Scientific name
Peripleura scabra (DC.) G.L.Nesom
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Conservation significant
Pest status
Peripleura scabra is an erect annual herb, growing to 45 cm high. Vestiture closely and minutely puberulent on the stems. The leaves are sessile, narrow elliptical to narrow oblanceolate with attenuate bases, 6 to 6.5c m long and 2 to 5 mm wide. The leaf margins are slightly recurved, entire or with a few distant minute teeth. There are short, curved septate hairs on the under leaf surfaces. Involucres with puberulent bracts. Ray florets mauve, slender and shorter than their pappus. The disk florets are yellow. Cypsela 2.5 to 3 mm long, narrow, ovate, obtuse or narrowly truncate at the top, marginal ridges only slightly convergent below the pappus, ridges and faces clothed with slender hairs, with those near the top longer. The pappus is white and 5 to 6 mm long (Burbidge, 1982; Stanley and Ross, 2002).
Peripleura scabra differs from P. hispidula in having the marginal ridges of the cypselas never convergent in an acute angle or forming a short neck below the top and in having longer hairs in the upper parts of the ridges (Burbidge, 1982).
There are approximately 37 populations of Peripleura scabra recorded in north-east Queensland, ranging in altitude from 240-1000 m asl. The most northern population is located in Mt Windsor NP (1 population); numerous populations occur around Mareeba (e.g. Bridle Logging Area, State Forest Dinden, Bare Hill Conservation Park, Davies Creek Gorge); Stannary Hills 11 km south of Mutchilba; Western Hill south of Watsonville; numerous populations around Townsville (Townsville Common, Magnetic Island, Reid River Gorge, 50km SSW of Townsville); populations around Charters Towers (Blackbraes National Park, White Mountains National Park); South Kennedy; Homevale National Park north north-west of Nebo. The most southern population occurs at Mt Abbot, 50 km west of Bowen (Bostock and Holland, 2010; Queensland Herbarium, 2011).
Distributional limits
-13.8299222, 143.134575
-22.0665003, 148.5594153
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Peripleura scabra is usually located on granite derived rocky slopes and hillsides. It has also been recorded on sandstone ridges (White Mountains National Park), although this is uncommon. The species is usually found growing in open woodland associated with the following species assemblages; Corymbia citriodora and C. clarksoniana with a grassy understorey of Themeda triandra (Mt Windsor NP); woodland of Eucalyptus citriodora and E. acmenoides (Bridle Logging area); woodland of Corymbia leichhardtii, C. stockeri, Eucalyptus crebra and Eucalyptus shirleyi (Stannary Hills); woodland with E. drepanophylla and E. dolichocarpa (Townsville area); woodland of E. drepanophylla, C. erythrophloia, Dodonaea viscosa (Homevale National Park); woodland of Acacia shirleyi with A. catenulata and C. trachyphloia and occasional E. thozetiana and E. drepanophylla (near Bowen) (Burbidge, 1982; Queensland Herbarium, 2011).
Flowering of Peripleura scabra has been observed from March to June, August, September and December (Queensland Herbarium, 2011).
Status notes
Peripleura scabra is listed as Near Threatened under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Management recommendations
There are no current management recommendations in the literature.
Occurs in the following Queensland pastoral districts: Cook, North Kennedy, South Kennedy.
Burbidge, N.T. (1982). A revision of Vittadinia A. Rich (Compositae) together with reinstatement of Eurybiopsis DC. and description of a new genus, Camptacra, Brunonia 5 (1): 18-19.
Queensland Herbarium (2011). Specimen label information. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 21/07/2011.
Stanley, T.D. and Ross, E.M. (2002). Flora of South-eastern Queensland, Vol. 2, p 523. Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.
Profile author
Lynise Wearne (13/12/2011)

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This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

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20 May 2024