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Common name: rice flower, white dogwood, pill flower, sago bush
Ozothamnus diosmifolius (Vent.) DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Helichrysum diosmifolium (Vent.) Sweet APNI*
Description: Much-branched, erect shrub to 5 m high, usually c. 2 m high; branches with a short rough tomemtum.
Leaves linear, 10–15 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex reflexed, margins tightly revolute; lamina discolorous, upper surface green and scabrous, lower surface white-woolly.
Heads numerous in dense terminal corymbs; heads globose, 2–3 mm long, 2–3 mm diam.; involucral bracts broad, lamina rounded, opaque white or pink appressed. Florets 20–22, all bisexual. Pappus bristles clavate at the apex.
Flowering: late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on margins of rainforest and in heath in a variety of soils, often on ridges; widespread, north from Eden district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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