Common name: Cunninghams Everlasting
Cassinia cunninghamii DC. APNI*
Description: Shrub 1–1.5 m high; stems woolly with greyish to white hairs and with prominent leaf base scars.
Leaves crowded, spreading stem or reflexed, linear, 2–3 cm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, apex mucronate, base ± stem-clasping, margins strongly revolute, upper surface dark green and scabrous with fine stiff glandular hairs, lower surface long white-tomentose.
Inflorescence a dense corymb 2–8 cm diam. Heads c. 3 mm long, c. 1 mm diam.; involucral bracts in 3 or 4 rows ranked longitudinally, broad-obtuse, golden-brown, hyaline, transparent. Florets 6 or 7, bright yellow.
Achenes 0.5 mm long, glandular pubescent; pappus 1.5 mm long.
Flowering: most of year, but mainly winter–spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone, chiefly from the upper Hunter River to Nowra and west to Newnes area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, CWS
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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