Common name: Silvery Carraway
Oreomyrrhis argentea Hook.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Chaerophyllum argenteum (Hook.f.) K.F.Chung APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial herb, 5–20 mm high, with a large, stout taproot.
Leaves pinnate, ± oblong in outline, 2.5–8 cm long, 8–20 mm wide; leaflets 21–33, ± ovate, 2–10 mm long, abruptly acute, densely silvery with long adpressed hairs; leaf sheaths silvery with long adpressed hairs; petiole usually 1–5 cm long, base narrowly sheathing.
Umbels 15–25-flowered; peduncle 1.5–22 mm long, villous, 2–4 times longer than leaves in fruit; bracts 6–8, ± lanceolate, 3–4.5 mm long, villous. Petals c. 0.6 mm long, white with dark midvein or occasionally pink, silvery hirsute on outside.
Fruit ovoid, 3–5 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely hirsute; mericarps with prominent, ± rounded, thickened ribs.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry grassland and along creek flats, just below the treeline in subalpine areas, south from the Brindabella Ra.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by J. M. Powell & A. K. Brooks
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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