Bedfordia arborescens—Blanket Leaf, Flannel Leaf, Blanket Bush—ASTERACEAE

Bedfordia arborescens

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Habitat—Grows on margins of rainforest and in wet sclerophyll forest on the ranges.

Distribution— North from Tasmania into Victoria and to near the Clyde Mountains in New South Wales.

Description—Shrub or small tree up to 5 m, young stems white–tomentose.

Occurrences

Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, oblong to narrow–elliptic or lanceolate, mostly 10 to 20 cm long, 20 to 40 mm wide, apex rounded to acute, margins ± entire to crenate, upper surface glabrous and shining with main veins impressed, lower surface densely white–tomentose with lateral veins obscure; petiole 10 to 20 mm long, tomentose.

Bedfordia arborescens
Bedfordia arborescens

Inflorescence.—Panicles in upper axils or sometimes ramiflorus; heads c. 3 mm diam.; involucral bracts 6 to 9 or 5 to 6 mm long. Florets orange.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Achenes ± compressed, c. 3 mm long; pappus 4 to 6 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer

Bedfordia arborescens