Olearia lanuginosa (J.H.Willis) N.A.Wakef.

Woolly Daisy-bush

Victorian Naturalist 73: 96 (1956) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, twiggy shrub to c. 1 m high; branchlets densely white-cottony. Leaves alternate, sessile, ovate to broad-ovate, 0.5–2 mm long, 0.5–1.3 mm wide, upcurved, densely clustered, each cluster typically 1–2.5 mm diam.; upper surface grey-green, usually sparsely cottony-pubescent, often tuberculate near margin; lower surface densely white-cottony; margins revolute. Capitula sessile, solitary, terminating short lateral branchlets or leaf clusters, 7–12 mm diam.; involucre narrowly conical, 3–4.5 mm long; bracts 3–4-seriate, graduating, acute, glabrous in lower part, usually cottony and/or viscid toward apex, rarely glabrous throughout. Ray florets 4–7, white to mauve, ligules 3–5 mm long; disc florets 5–10, mauve or yellowish. Cypsela cylindric, 1–1.5 mm long, villous; pappus bristles whitish, c. 2.5 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VVP, Wim. Also SA. Occurs in heathy mallee of the Big and Little Deserts and heathland and woodlands of the Grampians and adjacent areas, with a disjunct occurrence in the Brisbane Ranges.

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, 2018-07-04
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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 lanuginosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia lanuginosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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South Australia
New South Wales