Common name: Sifton Bush, Chinese Shrub
Cassinia arcuata R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2 m high; stems with prominent leaf-base scars, and a very fine white tomentum.
Leaves linear, 0.4–1.5 cm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, apex obtuse and slightly recurved, margins revolute, upper surface glabrous and sticky, lower surface obscured but ± tomentose.
Inflorescence a dense to loose pyramidal panicle to 7 cm long, to 2 cm diam. Heads 2–4 mm long, 1–2 mm diam., linear to campanulate; involucral bracts in 4 or 5 imbricate rows, widely spreading, the inner bracts broad-acute, entire, usually deep red, brown or straw-coloured brown, hyaline, without opaque tips. Florets 2 or 3, deep red, or cream.
Achenes 0.8 mm long, minutely pubescent; pappus bristles 1.5–2 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a wide variety of habitats on a variety of soils; south from Coonabarabran.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A.
This is a declared noxious weed in certain shires.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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