Olearia floribunda (Hook.f.) Benth.

Fl. Austral. 3: 477 (1867), sensu J.H. Willis, Handb. Pl. Victoria 2:693 (1973) p.p. APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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).

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: Andre Messina, 2018-05-25
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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 floribunda in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia floribunda in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory