Common name: Dusty Daisy-bush
Olearia phlogopappa (Labill.) DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Olearia phlogopappa var. flavescens (Hutch.) J.H.Willis APNI*
Description: Shrub to 1 m high.
Leaves alternate, scattered or crowded; lamina elliptic or obovate, 5–30 mm long, 2–9 mm wide; apex acute or rounded, without a mucro; margins entire or regularly toothed, flat; surfaces discolorous, upper surface glabrous or weakly stellate-hairy, lower surface grey-tomentose; venation finely reticulate; sessile or petiole to 3 mm long.
Heads terminal, solitary or clustered, pedunculate or sessile, 17–24 mm diam.; peduncle to 23 mm long. Ray florets 16–30, white. Disc florets 15–20, yellow.
Achenes silky or glandular; pappus with 44–65 long bristles in many series, with or without an outer row of short bristles.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland, heath and sclerophyll forest; south from Ebor.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
This species is highly polymorphic and has been much confused with O. stellulata. A suite of specimens from the ST, which may be worthy of recognition at specific rank, have linear leaves (15–60 mm long, 2–4 mm wide) with strongly revolute margins, heads with 14–17 ray florets. They grow on steep rocky hillsides and river gorges.
Text by N. S. Lander
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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