Olearia elliptica subsp. praetermissa P.S.Green APNI*
Description: Shrub, stunted or to 1 m tall. Young shoots resinous-sticky.
Leaves alternate, crowded towards ends of shoots; petiole scarcely differentiated, 2–7 mm long; lamina oblanceolate, (1.5-) 2.5–3.5 (-5) cm long, (0.6-) 1–1.5 (-2) cm broad, attenuate, entire, flat, broadly acute to obtuse, somewhat resinous-sticky, especially below.
Capitula (4-) 8–15, in terminal corymbs, c. 5–8 mm diam., level or almost level with leaves; involucral bracts sticky; outer bracts 1 mm long; inner bracts slightly concave, c. 3.5 mm long. Ray florets 14–25, c. 6 mm long, white; disc florets 15–20, 3 mm long.
Cypselas slightly compressed, ridged, 1.5–1.8 mm long, scattered strigulose; pappus in two series; outer series of narrow scales c. 1 mm long; inner series of c. 15–20 slender bristles c. 3 mm long, finely strigulose.
Flowering: Mid May to early Oct
Distribution and occurrence: Subspecies endemic to Lord Howe Island.
In soil pockets on rocky mountain ledges.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by P.S. Green
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49, Oceanic Islands 1
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