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Olearia elliptica DC.
Family Asteraceae
Common name: sticky daisy-bush

Olearia elliptica DC. APNI*

Description: Shrub to 2 m high.

Leaves alternate, scattered; lamina narrow- to broad-elliptic, 20–115 mm long, 5–38 mm wide; apex acute or obtuse or rounded, without a mucro; margins entire, weakly revolute; surfaces discolorous, upper surface viscid and green, lower surface glabrous and pale green; venation pinnate; petiole to 12 mm long.

Heads terminal, in simple corymbs, 11–26 mm diam.; peduncle to 34 mm long. Ray florets 8–23, white. Disc florets 8–30, yellow.

Achenes minutely strigose; pappus with 20 long bristles in 1 or 2 series, with or without an outer row of short bristles.

Photo T.M. Tame


Flowering: November–May.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, woodland and sclerophyll forest in sandy or dark silty soils in mountainous terrain; widespread, north from Berry.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by N. S. Lander
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Leaves usually elliptical, 2.5–11 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide; inflorescence usually with 20–50 heads, borne above the leaves; heads 8–10 mm diam. [NSW, Qld].subsp. elliptica
Leaves oblanceolate, mostly 2.5–3.5(–5) cm long, 1–5(–2) cm wide; inflorescence usually with 8–15 heads, borne level with the leaves; heads 5–8 mm diam. [Lord Howe Island].subsp. praetermissa

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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