Common name: Bully Bush, Killmoke
Cassinia tenuifolia Benth. APNI*
Description: Dense, bushy shrub, to 2 m tall. Young stems densely felted tomentose.
Leaves somewhat crowded; petiole 1–2 mm long; lamina linear, 20–40 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, marginally recurved, apiculate, densely white tomentose below, glabrous above.
Inflorescence crowded in a terminal corymb, level with or shorter than surrounding leaves, sweetly scented; flower heads 1.5–2 mm diam.; involucral bracts in 4 rows, ovate to oblong, 1–3 mm long, erect, rounded and scarious on tips. Florets all bisexual, cream.
Achenes ellipsoidal, 0.75 mm long, brown; pappus c. 2 mm long, white.
Flowering: Mid January – April.
Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Is. Endemic, common and widespread at low altitudes, including in exposed positions.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Sometimes called a weed because it invades pastures, and if not kept down when young by grazing, develops quite naturally into its climax habit of a full sized shrub.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Fl. Austral. 3: 585 (1867)
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