Olearia alpicola (F.Muell.) F.Muell. ex Benth.

Fl. Austral. 3: 468 (1867)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Open, sometimes widely spreading shrub to c. 2 m high; branchlets closely tomentose with minute T-shaped hairs. Leaves opposite, c. oblong to narrow-ovate, 25–130 mm long, 3–12(–23) wide, blunt to acute, flat, upper surface dark green, glabrous, lower surface white to grey (rarely young growth pinkish), densely tomentose; petiole to c. 12 mm long. Capitula 19–25 mm diam., in corymbs; peduncles to 25 mm long; involucre conical, 4.5–5.5 mm long; bracts 4–6-seriate, graduating, sericeous, margin membranous, fimbriate, often purplish. Ray florets 5–8, white, ligules 5–10 mm long; disc florets 9–11, yellow. Cypsela narrowly obovoid, 6–8-ribbed, 2–3.5 mm long, glabrous or sparsely sericeous near apex; pappus bristles white to straw-coloured, 5–8 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

EGU, HFE, HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Moderately common in moist montane to subalpine forests of the eastern ranges (Dargo High Plains, Cobberas, Bonang, Errinundra Plateau etc.).

Closely related to O. aglossa and to O. megalophylla (with which it is often found). See notes under those species.

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.
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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 alpicola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia alpicola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory