Olearia sp. 2

sensu Fl. Victoria 4:903 (1999)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Bushy shrub to c. 0.5–1 m high; branchlets densely white-cottony, strongly scented (somewhat camphor-like) when crushed. Leaves alternate, sessile, clustered, elliptic to oblong, (1–)3–5(–9) mm long, 0.7–1.5(–2.2) mm wide; upper surface green or grey-green, glabrescent or cottony-pubescent; lower surface densely white-cottony; margins revolute. Capitula sessile, solitary, terminating short lateral branchlets, 3–6 mm diam.; involucre conical, 3–5 mm long; bracts c. 3-seriate, graduating, acute or obtuse, glabrous in lower part, cottony and with resin droplets just below apex. Ray florets 1–4, white, ligules rudimentary c. 1.2–2 mm long, disc florets 4–7, lavender-coloured. Cypsela cylindric, 1–1.5 mm long, with mixed short hairs and resin droplets; pappus bristles whitish, c. 4 mm long. Flowers Jan.–Mar.

GipP. Apparently endemic in Victoria. Known only from coastal dunes and cliffs near Moonlight Head, Point Franklin, Cape Schanck, St Andrews Beach, Portsea, and Phillip Island.

Although allied to Olearia lanuginosa, this species is readily distinguished by the larger, less densely clustered leaves, the capitula lacking obvious ligulate florets, and the coastal habitat.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Olearia
Higher taxa
species Olearia sp. 2


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Olearia sp. 2 in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia sp. 2 in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native