Shrub to 2 m high in sclerophyll forest or open woodland; widespread in coastal districts.

Leaves alternate, apex acute, margins toothed or prickly. Upper surface subglabrous, lower surface brown-tomentose, petiole to 10 mm long.

Flower heads terminal. Ray florets 9–20, white. Disc florets 15–40, yellow.

Olearia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. There are about 130 different species within the genus found mostly in Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.

Photo: Robert Whyte