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Cassinia aculeata
Family Asteraceae
Common name: Dolly Bush, Common Cassinia, Dogwood

Cassinia aculeata APNI*

Description: Erect shrub 1–2.6 m high; trunk and older branches with smooth to lightly stringy light- to dark grey bark, longitudinally fissured on trunk, becoming black and flaky; young twigs green to reddish, densely clothed with a tormentum of 3 hair types, golden globular hairs, fine crisped cottony hairs and stouter spreading multicellular hairs.

Leaves subopposite at base of twigs, alternate above, sessile, linear, variable in size, even on the same plant, 3–50 mm long, 0.7–2.0 wide; margins entire and usually revolute to or obsuring the midrib.

Inflorescence a large convex topped cyme 2–13 cm diameter or several hundred flower heads. Heads creamy white to white (rarely pink in bud, fading to white) 4–5 mm long.

Achenes olive brown, sparcely covered with twin hairs, 0.8–1.0 mm long; pappus in one row, fused at the base with 19–25 barbellate bristles, 2.5–3.5 mm long.

Photo © ANBG

Photo T.M. Tame


Flowering: Flowers October to January; fruits December to March.

Distribution and occurrence: Found in a wide range of habitats, and most frequently in the understorey of dry (rarely, wet) eucalypt forest (occasionally in rainforest), from sea level up to
NSW subdivisions: 1300, m,, often, as, a, pioneering, shrub, after, burning,, logging, or, other, few, native, shrubs, that, can, persist, in, the, understorey, of, Pinus, radiata, plantations., NC CC SC CT ST CWS SWS SWP

Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***


Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: (Labill.) R.Br.

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