Cassinia copensis Orchard APNI*
Description: Erect multi-stemmed shrub 1.0 -2.5 m high; strongly aromatic; young stems green or red-brown, densely hairy with spreading glandular hairs and smaller globular hairs.
Leaves terete, 30–40 mm long, c. 1mm wide, slightly wrinkled at tip with small mucro, margins revolute to midrib; upper surface dull, mid-green, sticky with sunken midrib; lower surface densely white tomentose with glabrous midrib.
Inflorescence a flat corymb with 100–200 heads 3.5–5 mm long; involucral bracts imbricate, membranous-cartilaginous, opaque white, inner bracts sometimes with lacerate tip. Florets 5–6 per head, creamy white with green base.
Achenes olive or purplish brown, c. 1mm long with about 6 longitudinal ribs ± apical rim; pappus of 19–23 bristles, 2.2–2.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and woodland on sandy loam and clay loam soils over granite. Confined to the watershed of Copes Creek between Inverell and Bundarra and east to Single NP with an outlier at Wallangarra.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Young leaves and stems often exude a lemony odour.
Text by K. Ismay
Taxon concept: Orchard, A.E. (2005) A revision of Cassinia (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) in Australia. 4 Section Costatae. Australian Systematic Botany 18, 455-471.
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