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Cassinia aculeata (Labill.) R.Br. subsp. aculeata Family Asteraceae
Cassinia aculeata subsp. aculeata (Labill.) R.Br. APNI*

Description: Erect shrubs or small trees 0.5–6 m high.

Leaves linear with margins entire and revolute almost to the midrib. 3–50 mm long, 0.7–2.0 wide. (rarely leaves flattened and 3–5 mm wide); coarsely aculeate above; lower surface of leaves white tomentose, with stiff multicellular hairs emergent, particularly on midrib.

Flower heads white, speckled green from the lower greenish-hyaline bases of the phyllaries, ovoid at first and becoming obconical, 4–5 mm long. Florets 5 or 6, rarely 7.

Flowering: Flowers from October to January. Fruits December to March.

Distribution and occurrence: Extends from eastern NSW through Victoria to Tasmania. In NSW it is found in the Central and South Coast, Central and Southern Tableland districts, rare in Central Western and South Western Slopes.

Found in a wide range of habitats.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, ST, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Orchard, A.E. (2009) Australian Systematic Botany, 22, 350-353.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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