Olearia lepidophylla (Pers.) Benth.

Club-moss Daisy-bush

Fl. Austral. 3: 477 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Compact or twiggy shrub to c. 0.5(–1.3) m high; branchlets densely white-cottony and glandular. Leaves alternate, sessile, orbicular to broad-ovate, to 1(–2) mm long, 0.7 mm wide, densely clustered (but clusters often virtually contiguous), the outermost leaves of each cluster reflexed against stem, each cluster typically 0.8–1.5 mm diam.; upper surface green, very convex, glabrous or sparsely cottony, sometimes glandular; lower surface densely white-cottony, usually glandular; margins revolute. Capitula sessile, solitary, terminating short lateral branchlets 6–12 mm diam.; involucre narrowly conical, 3–4(–5) mm long; bracts 3–4-seriate, graduating, acute to obtuse, cottony (and often glandular) all over or subapically. Ray florets 4–7, white, ligules 1.5–4 mm long; disc florets 4–6, yellow. Cypsela c. cylindric, 2–2.5 mm long, with mixed simple hairs and glands; pappus bristles whitish, 3–4 mm long. Flowers Mar.–Jun.

EGL, GipP, GGr, LoM, MuM, OtP, RobP, VAlp, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. In Victoria chiefly a species of sandy mallee communities in the far north-west, but with disjunct occurrences along the coast near Moonlight Head and Barwon Heads (similarly, coastal populations are known from northern Tasmania, including King Island) and in the east.

Coastal plants differ slightly from those of the mallee in their taller habit (to 1.3 m), longer leaves (to 2 mm) and longer, relatively broader involucral bracts.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-11
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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 lepidophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia lepidophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory