Olearia speciosa Hutch.

Bot. Mag. 133, t. 8118 (1907) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Open shrub to c. 1 m high; branchlets and leaf undersurfaces densely tomentose with white to fawn or pinkish, Y-shaped hairs. Leaves alternate (very rarely opposite), subsessile to petiolate, ovate to elliptic, 20–80 mm long, 8–40 mm wide, obtuse to broadly acute, upper surface dark green, finally glabrous or remaining tomentose about the midrib, conspicuously reticulate-veined; margin distantly serrate to biserrate, flat or undulate; petiole to c. 1 cm long. Capitula 22–35 mm diam., in loose corymbs; peduncles usually 10–50 mm long; involucre broadly conical, 7.5–10 mm long; bracts 3–4-seriate, graduating, tomentose to sericeous. Ray florets usually 4–7, white, ligules 9–13 mm long; disc florets 10–14, yellow or brownish. Cypsela cylindric, 6-ribbed, 3–4 mm long, glabrous; pappus bristles straw-coloured or pinkish, 4.5–6 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

Brid, CVU, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VVP, WaP. Apparently endemic. Scattered in cool, well-watered areas from near sea-level in the far south-west to montane forest in western and central ranges (e.g. Lower Glenelg National Park, Mt William and Major Mitchell Plateau, Mt Cole, Wonga Forest near Colac, Matrock, Murrindindi, and Mount Wellington).

A poorly known species with affinities to O. argophylla, O. erubescens and O. megalophylla, and some specimens possibly of hybrid origin. From the first two it differs in the larger capitula and woolly rather than appressed indumentum, and from the third it differs in having alternate (very rarely opposite), toothed leaves. The majority of records of this species in eastern Victoria are likely to be hybrids involving the species discussed above.

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: Andre Messina, 2016-07-11
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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 speciosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Olearia speciosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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