Common name: Kerosene Bush
Ozothamnus cupressoides Puttock & D.J.Ohlsen APNI*
Synonyms: Ozothamnus sp. 1 sensu Fl. Victoria (1999) APNI*
Ozothamnus hookeri Sond. APNI*
Helichrysum hookeri (Sond.) Druce APNI*
Ozothamnus cupressoides ms. APNI*
Ozothamnus sp 1 sensu Fl. Victoria 4:739 (1999) APNI*
Description: Aromatic, viscid shrub 0.5–1 m high; branches white-tomentose.
Leaves appressed, scale-like, triangular to ovate, 1–3 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, base auriculate, margins revolute and ± concealing lower surface; lamina discolorous, upper surface green and viscid, lower surface white-tomentose.
Heads in dense subglobose terminal corymbs, ± sessile; heads cylindrical, 4–5 mm long, 1–2 mm diam.; outer involucral bracts scarious, yellow-green, viscid; inner bracts narrow, margins hyaline at base with small opaque white radiating laminas. Florets 2–4, all bisexual. Pappus bristles slightly clavate apically.
Distribution and occurrence:
Grows in boggy sites and subalpine heaths, rarely low alpine habitats.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Mainland collections of this species were previously included in Ozothamnus hookeri. Ozothamnus hookeri still occurs in Tasmania.
Text by J. Everett; updated Louisa Murray (Apr. 2013)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992); Muelleria 28(2): 116-118
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