Common name: Mountain Daisy
Olearia ballii (F.Muell.) Hemsl. APNI*
Description: Dense shrub to 1.5 m tall.
Leaves alternate, crowded, sessile or subsessile, linear, 5–12 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm broad, entire, revolute, acute with a blunt tip, white-woolly beneath except on midrib, glabrous above.
Capitula terminal, solitary, sessile, 1.5–2 cm diam.; involucral bracts without a distinct pilose midrib. Ray florets 20–30, c. 8 mm long, white with purple tips; disc florets c. 40, c. 4 mm long, purplish.
Cypselas ellipsoidal, c. 3 mm long, length, brown, glandular; pappus uniseriate, of c. 30 bristles, c. 2 mm long.
Flowering: All year round, mainly November to March,
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
Frequent above 400metres
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by P.S. Green
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49, Oceanic Islands 1
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