Common name: Spicy Everlasting
Ozothamnus argophyllus (A.Cunn. ex DC.) Anderb. APNI*
Synonyms: Helichrysum argophyllum (DC.) N.A.Wakef. APNI*
Ozothamnus argophyllus subsp. argophyllus (A.Cunn. ex DC.) Anderb. APNI*
Description: Aromatic shrub to 2.5 m high; branches with a white felty indumentum.
Leaves lanceolate, 25–50 mm long, 6–12 mm wide, margins ± recurved, lamina discolorous, upper surface green and viscid, lower surface white-felty and glistening with droplets of glandular exudate, midvein and margins glabrous; juvenile leaves greyish white and woolly; petiole 3–4 mm long.
Heads numerous in dense terminal corymbs; heads narrow-campanulate, 4–5 mm long, 2.5–3 mm diam.; outer involucral bracts leathery, ovate, golden, long woolly ciliate; inner bracts similar at the base to outer but with broad triangular, opaque white, erect or slightly reflexed laminas 1–1.5 mm long. Florets 10–12, all bisexual. Pappus bristles clavate.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and on edges of rainforest, on granite or basalt; chiefly on the escarpment ranges; south from Barrington Tops N.P.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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