Olearia myrsinoides (Labill.) Benth.

Silky Daisy-bush

Fl. Austral. 3: 470 (1867)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading shrub to c. 80 cm high; branchlets and leaf undersurfaces closely covered by whitish T-shaped hairs. Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate, obovate (often broadly) to elliptic, 4–30 mm long, 3–22 mm wide, moderately stiff; upper surface glabrous, dark green, usually with pale reticulate venation, lower surface whitish; margin denticulate; apex obtuse or rounded. Capitula 13–20 mm diam. on peduncles usually under 1 cm long, terminal and axillary in slender leafy panicles; involucre conical, 4–6 mm long; bracts 2–3-seriate, graduating, sericeous at least near apex. Ray florets 2–4, white, ligules 6–8 mm long; disc florets 3 or 4, yellow or mauve. Cypsela narrowly cylindric, 8-ribbed, 3–4 mm long, glabrous; pappus bristles commonly pinkish, 5–8 mm long Flowers Nov.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WPro. Also NSW, ACT. Largely overlapping geographically and ecologically with O. erubescens, but probably commoner at lower altitudes and rarer in subalpine sites.

Closely related to O. erubescens but usually distinguished by the relatively broader, blunter leaves with more finely and evenly denticulate margins, and the fewer-rayed capitula with shorter peduncles. However, some specimens appear rather intermediate between the typical state of the 2 species.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
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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 myrsinoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia myrsinoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges 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