Cassinia trinerva —Cassinia, Three-veined Cassinia—ASTERACEAE

Cassinia trinerva

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Habitat— Grows in wet sclerophyll forest and on margins of rainforest, on shale and silty soils.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria and north to Bolivia area in New South Wales.

Description—Shrub or tree to 8 m high; stems yellowish with fine glandular hairs.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Copeland and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 3–veined from the base; narrow—lanceolate, 6 to 8 cm long, 3 to 6 mm wide, flat, upper surface glabrous or minutely glandular, lower surface minutely glandular and with 3 ± parallel veins prominent on the lower surface especially at the base.

Cassinia trinerva
Cassinia trinerva

Inflorescence— A dense corymb 6 to 12 cm diam. Heads oblong to campanulate at maturity, c. 3 mm long, c. 1 mm diam.; involucral bracts in 3 to 5 imbricate rows, ovate, with opaque white tips. Florets 3 or 4, creamy—white.

Flowering.—Summer to Autumn.

Fruit—Achenes c. 0.5 mm long; pappus 2 to 2.5 mm long.

Ripe.—Autumn to Winter

Cassinia trinerva