Common name: Dolly Bush, Common Cassinia, Dogwood
Cassinia aculeata (Labill.) R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Calea aculeata Labill. APNI*
Description: Shrub 1–2.5 m high; stems pubescent with rusty or yellowish glandular hairs.
Leaves linear to oblong, 1–3 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex mucronate and often slightly recurved, margins recurved, upper surface sticky with glandular hairs and with erect tubercle-based hairs, lower surface yellow-tomentose.
Inflorescence a dense corymb to 12 cm diam. Heads 3–4 mm long, 1–2 mm diam., spreading and narrow-campanulate at maturity; involucral bracts in 4 imbricate rows, the inner obtuse to emarginate, white and opaque at apex. Florets 4–7, creamy-white.
Achenes 0.8 mm long, pubescent; pappus 2 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath on sandy or gravelly soils; south from Forster.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Plants cause allergic skin reactions in some people.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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