Oreomyrrhis argentea (Hook.f.) Hook.f.

Silver Caraway

Fl. Tasman. 1: 162 (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rosetted perennial to 25 cm high, silvery-sericeous throughout; taproot stout. Leaves basal, usually quite flat on ground, pinnate, lamina oblong in outline, 2.5–7.5 cm long, 0.5–2.0 cm wide, silvery with dense appressed hairs; leaflets 17–33, ovate to oblanceolate; petiole 0.5–5 cm long; base of leaf-sheath narrowly sheathing. Scape erect, densely silvery hairy with retrorse hairs, to c. 20 cm long (much longer than leaves) in fruit; umbels mainly 15–25-flowered; involucral bracts 6–8, broadly ovate, 2–4 mm long, silvery hairy, apices more or less obtuse. Petals white with dark midvein, occasionally pink, silvery hairy on the outside, c. 2 mm long. Fruit 10–20 per umbel on densely villous pedicels, ovate to oblanceolate, 3–5 mm long, dark brown to black, with 5 prominent thickened, tan to straw-yellow ribs. Flowers summer.

SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Scattered in alps and subalps, but locally frequent in grassland and herbfield, particularly on dark, basalt-derived soils.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-04-15
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2016-04-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Oreomyrrhis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Oreomyrrhis argentea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oreomyrrhis argentea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native