Common name: Tree Everlasting
Ozothamnus ferrugineus (Labill.) Sweet APNI*
Synonyms: Ozothamnus dendroideus (Wakef.) Anderb. APNI*
Helichrysum dendroideum Wakef. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub or small tree 2–5 m high, branches obscurely striate, felty, glistening with glandular exudate.
Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, 20–50 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, base decurrent on stem, margins narrow-recurved and often undulate; lamina discolorous, upper surface green, shining and glabrous or with sparse scurfy hairs, lower surface white to creamy-white, felty except on the midrib.
Heads numerous in dense terminal corymbs; heads narrow-turbinate, becoming campanulate, 4–5 mm long, 2–4 mm diam.; inner involucral bracts oblong, with rounded lamina about a third the length of the bract, colourless and translucent in the lower half, opaque and white in the upper half, appressed or reflexed. Florets 4–7, all bisexual.
Achenes oblong, sparsely hairy. Pappus bristles not clavate apically.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in high heathy scrub on sand, sometimes in swampy areas; south from Mt Kaputar N.P. and the Dorrigo–Pt Lookout areas.
NSW subdivisions: CC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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