Olearia algida N.A.Wakef.

Alpine Daisy-bush

Victorian Naturalist 73: 97 (1956) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Bushy shrub to c. 0.7 m high; branchlets cottony-pubescent to glabrescent. Leaves alternate, sessile or subsessile, clustered, elliptic to linear, 1–3 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, rounded, sometimes apiculate, upper surface dark green, glabrous or glabrescent, lower surface grey, woolly-tomentose, largely obscured by the revolute margins. Capitula sessile, solitary, terminating short lateral branchlets, 7–12 mm diam.; involucre conical, 3.5–5 mm long; bracts c. 4-seriate, graduating, obtuse, glabrous, often purplish near apex, margin membranous, often erose. Ray florets 2–6, white, ligules 2.5–5.5 mm long; disc florets 2–6, yellow. Cypsela c. cylindric, c. 1.5 mm long, sericeous; pappus bristles white to straw-coloured, c. 3 mm long. Flowers mainly Oct.–Feb.

EGU, HNF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Locally common in swampy heaths and wetter shrublands of alps and subalps.

This species is imperfectly separated from O. floribunda, which is generally found at lower altitudes in central and western Victoria, and often has mauve or blue ray florets. However, there are no unique characters that define O. algida, and plants near the Cobberas and Nunniong Plateau may equally be assigned to either of these two species.  

Also see note under O. phlogopappa subsp. serrata.

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

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