Olearia argophylla

Olearia argophylla   

Location

A fog of white daisy flowers covers a shrub at the entrance to the Garden. As fluffy mist, it settles between bushes below the Visitor Centre viewing deck. This is the Native Musk or Silver Shrub, Olearia argophylla, and may have been one of the plants collected by George Caley in 1804 on his historic trip to the Carmarthen Peak that he named Mount Banks.

 

George Caley, a keen 19th century naturalist with a passion for botany, was talent spotted by Sir Joseph Banks who sent him to Sydney as a collector in 1800.

Do you think that Caley’s description could match our featured plant? Asteroides ovatus is a low spreading shrub, inclining to suffruticose eggshaped leaves, tapering down into leaf stalks, expanding, of a dark shining green on the upper-side, of a lighter color underneath flowers forming a terminal panicled umbel. Scales of the calyx lie close, shining, black and dead-like at the ends. In the center they are yellow when bruised and have a faint pleasant smell.