Olearia tenuifolia (DC.) Benth.

Fl. Austral. 3: 486 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Straggling shrub to c. 1 m high, viscid, with a fruity or 'bubble-gum' odour; branchlets glandular-pubescent. Leaves alternate, subsessile, linear or very narrow-oblanceolate, 15–35 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, concolorous, with scattered to mid-dense erect glandular hairs on the upper surface and the midrib beneath; margin recurved to revolute, sometimes sinuate. Capitula 25–50 mm diam., terminal, solitary or few together; peduncles 0.5–5 cm long; involucre cup-shaped, 8–10 mm long; bracts 4–6-seriate, graduating, shortly glandular pubescent. Ray florets 12–18, mauve, purple or blue, ligules 12–20 mm long; disc florets c. 20–30, yellow. Cypsela cylindric, 6-ribbed, c. 4 mm long, sericeous; pappus bristles straw-coloured, 7–9 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Apr.

EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Rare, apparently confined in Victoria to dry rocky country in the Licola-Valencia Creek area, upper Buchan River valley and Pine Mountain.

Source: Walsh, N.G.; Lander, N.S. (1999). Olearia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Olearia adenophora (F.Muell.) Benth.).
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Olearia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Olearia tenuifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia tenuifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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