Common name: Native Musk, Silver Shrub, Musk daisy-bush
Olearia argophylla (Labill.) F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 9 m high.
Leaves alternate, scattered; lamina broad-elliptic, 15–184 mm long, 10–90 mm wide; apex acuminate or acute, mucronate; margins toothed or entire, flat; surfaces discolorous, upper surface glabrous and green, lower surface minutely silver-tomentose; venation reticulate; petiole to 25 mm long.
Heads terminal, in simple corymbs, pedunculate, 13–27 mm diam.; peduncle to 20 mm long. Ray florets 3–8, white. Disc florets 4–17, cream or pale yellow.
Achenes glabrous; pappus with 26–43 bristles in 1–2 series.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet sclerophyll forest and on rainforest margins; south from Whian Whian S.F.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by N. S. Lander
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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