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Olearia cheesemanii

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Olearia cheesmanii is a many branched shrub with lance-shaped, thinly leathery leaves with a dense covering of hairs on their lower surface. The bark is flaking in long strips. Numerous clusters (corymbs) of white flowers make this a showy plant in the bush and garden. Named after Thomas F. Cheeseman (1846-1923), New Zealand botanist.
An endemic species found along streams and on forest margins the North Island and the upper portion of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts:
heads up to 9 mm with asymmetric ray florets and symmetric disc florets


Flower size: disc florets 1-3 mm diam; ray floret petal 15-20 mm long

Leaf form: undivided, linear to lanceolate

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-9 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disk florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth to undulate

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry