Common name: Pumpkin Bush
Olearia mooneyi (F.Muell.) Hemsl. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2 m or small tree to 4 m tall.
Leaves alternate, somewhat crowded; petiole 3–12 mm long; lamina narrowly to broadly elliptic to obovate, 4–10 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm broad, rounded at base, entire, flat, broadly acute to obtuse, mucronulate, pale biscuit coloured, finely woolly below, becoming glabrous and shiny above.
Capitula terminal, many in a dense corymb, c. 8 mm diam.; involucral bracts appressed pilose dorsally, c. 3 mm long. Ray florets c. 12, c. 6 mm long, white; disc florets c. 8, 6 mm long, pale yellow.
Cypselas c. 5 mm long, brown, strigulose; pappus uniseriate, with c. 20 bristles, 3–3.5 mm long.
Flowering: Late Nov to mid Jan
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
Dominant tree above 750 metres.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by P.S. Green
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49, Oceanic Islands 1
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