Common name: Tree Wormwood
Artemisia arborescens L. APNI*
Description: Perennial shrub, 1–2 m high; stems erect, grey-pubescent becoming glabrous below, ribbed.
Leaves 1- or 2-pinnatisect, 5–10 cm long, 3–7 cm wide; segments flat, linear to narrow-oblanceolate, both surfaces silver-tomentose with appressed hairs; upper leaves ± sessile, and unlobed.
Inflorescence an erect panicle; heads ± nodding, 5–7 mm diam.; involucral bracts ovate, c. 3 mm long, tomentose; receptacle hairy. Florets numerous; inner florets bisexual, fertile, cream to bright yellow, glabrous, glandular.
Achenes ribbed or striate, ± hairy; pappus absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated as a hedge plant, sometimes persisting near old habitations, occasionally spreading on roadsides and waste ground. Native of SE Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NWS, *SWS, *SWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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