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How to identify a Yam Daisy, or Murnong

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WHEN EUROPEANS FIRST arrived in the Canberra area, it was said that the open hillsides glowed yellow with yam daisy flowers  — a delicious indigenous staple food. This little yellow-flowered plant looks remarkably similar to a dandelion, but up close it is quite different.

Sadly today yam daisies are quite hard to find. Decades of sheep grazing has almost eradicated this plant from its former habitats. The yellow flowers you see around the suburbs, and increasingly in our national parks, are usually exotic dandelions and cat’s ears.

So next time you’re walking through the bush and you come across a yellow flower, how can you tell if it’s really a Yam Daisy?

> READ MORE at Canberra Permaculture Design

IMAGE: (Left to right) Yam Daisy (Microseris lanseolata); true Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale); and Cat’s Ear (Hypochaeris radicata).
CREDIT: Cally Brennan, Canberra Permaculture Design. Reposted with permission.

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