Ozothamnus diosmifolius—Pill Flower, Rice Flower, White Dogwood, Sago Bush—ASTERACEAE.

Ozothamnus diosmifolius

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Habitat—Grows on margins of rainforest and in heath in a variety of soils, often on ridges; widespread.

Distribution— North from Eden district in New South Wales to North Queensland.

Description—Much—branched, erect shrub to 5 m high, usually c. 2 m high; branches with a short rough tomemtum.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Cape Hawke, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire; linear, 10 to 15 mm long, 1 to 2 mm wide, apex reflexed, margins tightly revolute; lamina discolorous, upper surface green and scabrous, lower surface white—woolly

Ozothamnus diosmifolius
Ozothamnus diosmifolius

Inflorescence.—Heads numerous in dense terminal corymbs; heads globose, 2 to 3 mm long, 2 to 3 mm diam.; involucral bracts broad, lamina rounded, opaque white or pink appressed. Florets 20 to 22, all bisexual.

Flowering.—Late Winter to Spring.

Fruit.—Pappus bristles clavate at the apex.

Ripe.—Spring to Summer.

Ozothamnus diosmifolius