Dischisma capitatum (Thunb.) Choisy Woolly-headed Dischisma
Mém.Soc.Phys.Genéve 2:94-95 (1823)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Thursday 2 January 1997

Erect or ascending annual, herb, 0.05-0.2(-0.5) m high. Fl. white, Aug to Sep. Sandy or peaty soils. Creek & swamp edges.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Dandaragan Plateau, Geraldton Hills, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth.

IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Bayswater, Busselton, Carnamah, Chittering, Coorow, Dandaragan, Gingin, Melville, Mingenew, Mundaring, Nedlands, Northampton, Perth, Quairading, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Stirling, Swan, Victoria Plains, Wanneroo.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed.

Notes. Grows further inland than Dischisma arenarium, on sandy or peaty soils. Germination of seed is stimulated by smoke and is generally higher in darkness.

Additional information. Similar exotic species. Dischisma arenarium.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray 0.2% glyphosate. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination         Y Y              
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering               Y Y        
Fruiting                   Y      
Herbicide Treatment             Y Y          

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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  • Keeley, J.E. & Bond, W.J. (1997) Convergent seed germination in South African fynbos and Californian chaparral. Plant Ecology, 133: 153-167.

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