Fl. Austral. 3: 477 (1867), sensu J.H. Willis, Handb. Pl. Victoria 2:693 (1973) p.p. APNI
Procumbent to slender, erect shrub to 2(–4) m high; branchlets densely cottony-pubescent. Leaves alternate, sessile or subsessile, in loose clusters, narrow-elliptic to ovate, 0.5–3 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, acute or obtuse; upper surface glabrous or glabrescent, or sometimes hispid toward margin; lower surface greyish, cottony-pubescent, partly to largely obscured by the revolute margins. Capitula sessile, solitary, terminating short lateral branchlets or leaf clusters, 8–13 mm diam.; involucre conical, 3–5 mm long; bracts 3–5-seriate, graduating, obtuse, usually glabrous in lower part, but with a subapical cottony or resinous patch. Ray florets 3–7, white, mauve or blue, ligules 3–6 mm long; disc florets 3–9, cream to mauve. Cypsela narrowly obovoid, 1–1.5 mm long, glabrescent to densely sericeous; pappus bristles whitish, 2–2.5 mm long. Flowers mostly Aug.–Dec.
CVU, DunT, EGL, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread through a wide variety of habitats across southern parts of the State, extending as far north as the Little Desert, Bendigo Whipstick, and Corryong areas, and from near sea-level to the subalps (but see note under O. algida).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|