Olearia subspicata (Hook.) Benth.

Fl. Austral. 3: 478 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Erect shrub to c. 1.5 m high; branchlets and leaf undersurfaces whitish-cottony, but gummed down by resinous exudate. Leaves alternate, sessile or subsessile, linear or very narrowly oblanceolate, 8–22 mm long, 1–2 mm wide; upper surface glabrous, resinous; lower surface largely obscured by strongly recurved to revolute margins. Capitula 14–20 mm diam., rather crowded, singly in upper axils and terminal on peduncles to c. 9 mm long; involucre narrow-conical, 5–7 mm long; bracts 3–4-seriate, graduating, green-tipped, glabrous or nearly glabrous except for shortly ciliate apex. Ray florets 1–7 (usually 3 or 4), white, ligules 9–13 mm long; disc florets 4–10, yellow. Cypsela cylindric, 1.5–2 mm long, not or indistinctly ribbed, sericeous; pappus 5–8 mm long, white to straw-coloured. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

LoM, MuM, RobP. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Very rare in Victoria, known only from sandy mallee communities of the far north-west, between Carwarp and Annuello, with most records from Hattah Lakes National Park.

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 subspicata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia subspicata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales