Olearia megalophylla (F.Muell.) F.Muell. ex Benth.

Fl. Austral. 3: 467 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading, probably rhizomatous shrub to c. 1.5 m; branchlets and leaf undersurfaces often tawny, densely felted with Y-shaped hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate to narrow-elliptic, mostly 60–130 mm long and 10–35 mm wide, obtuse, flat, upper surface dark green, glabrous, conspicuously reticulate-veined; petiole to c. 20 mm long. Capitula 20–35 mm diam., in corymbs; peduncles typically 20–60 mm long; involucre cup-shaped, 7–9 mm long; bracts 3–4-seriate, graduating, sericeous, often purple-tipped. Ray florets 5–9, white, ligules 8–14 mm long; disc florets 9–14, yellow. Cypsela cylindric, 6-ribbed, 4–5 mm long, glabrous or sparsely sericeous near apex; pappus bristles white, straw-coloured or pinkish, 5–8 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Scattered in montane and subalpine forests and woodlands (usually dominated by Eucalyptus delegatensis or E. pauciflora) east from about Lake Mountain.

Narrow-leaved specimens approach O. alpicola and O. aglossa but can usually be distinguished by the woollier indumentum, the reticulate-veined leaves and the larger capitula.

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

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory