Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:477 (1867).
Synonymy: Eurybia fioribunda Hook. d, London J. Bot. 6:109 (1847); Aster fiorulentus F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 5:82 (1865).
, Olearia floribunda, Olearia microdisca
Common name: Heath daisy-bush.
Erect spreading shrub 1-2 m high; stems woody, densely branched, subglabrous to densely white-tomentose with non-glandular hairs, without fibs; leaves sessile, upcurved to patent, clustered on reduced lateral branchlets or widely spaced, ovate, acute, 0.8-2.5 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, thickened, subglabrous above, sparsely or densely tomentose and with a prominently swollen midvein below; margins entire, revolute.
Capitula solitary, sessile, terminal on very short lateral branchlets forming a large leafy pyramidal panicle; involucre cylindrical, 3-4 mm long; bracts 3- 4- seriate, lanceolate, acute to obtuse, glabrous or tomentose near the apex; ray florets 3-5; ligules oblong, 3-5 mm long, white to pale-pink; disk florets 2-8, yellow or lavender.
Achenes compressed-terete, 1.5-2 mm long, striate, densely pubescent; pappus bristles 25-35, uniseriate, equal, c. 3 mm long.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 644.
Mainly in heath and shrub communities on sandy soils.
S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: most of the year.
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O. floribunda is variable in vestiture and leaf shape, some forms being close to extreme variants of O. ramulosa and O. brachyphylla.
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