Olearia erubescens (DC.) Dippel

Moth Daisy-bush

Handb. Laubholzk. 1: 290 (1889) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading shrub to 1(–2) m high; branchlets and leaf undersurfaces closely covered by whitish T-shaped hairs. Leaves alternate, subsessile, narrowly obovate to ovate, 12–55(–90) mm long, 3–15(–20) mm wide, stiff; upper surface glabrous, dark green, with prominent pale reticulate venation, lower surface white (often reddish when young); margin denticulate to biserrate, the teeth sharp-pointed; apex acute. Capitula 15–30 mm diam., on peduncles usually 1–4 cm long, terminal and axillary in leafy panicles; involucre conical, 4.5–7 mm long; bracts 3–5-seriate, graduating, sericeous. Ray florets 4–8, white, ligules 5–9 mm long; disc florets 7–13, yellow. Cypsela narrowly cylindric, 8-ribbed, 3–4 mm long, glabrous; pappus bristles straw-coloured or pinkish, 5–8 mm long. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread through foothill to montane forests and Eucalyptus pauciflora woodlands, often in rocky country.

Hybridizes with O. argophylla and close to O. myrsinoides (see notes under those species). A form with unusually long (to 90 mm), very narrowly elliptic leaves has been collected from the far north-east on and near Pine Mountain.

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 erubescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia erubescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory