Common name: Snow Daisy Bush
Olearia stellulata (Labill.) DC. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m high.
Leaves alternate, scattered; lamina narrow- to broad-elliptic or ovate, 5–150 mm long, 5–32 mm wide; apex acute or obtuse, without a mucro; margins entire or toothed, flat; surfaces discolorous, upper surface glabrous or subglabrous and green, lower surface grey-tomentose; venation indistinct or reticulate; petiole to 14 mm long.
Heads terminal, in leafy panicles, pedunculate, 11–24 mm diam.; peduncle to 35 mm long. Ray florets 11–16, white. Disc florets 9–14, cream.
Achenes silky; pappus with 30–53 long bristles in 2 series, with an outer row of short bristles.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest, often growing on hillsides and creek banks; south from Macquarie Pass N.P., also recorded from Guy Fawkes.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
This species is polymorphic and has been much confused with O. phlogopappa in the past.
Text by N. S. Lander
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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