Scientific Name:
Olearia odorata Petrie, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 23: 399 (1890 [1891])
Vernacular Name(s):
Scented tree daisy

Shrub up to 4 m. tall; branchlets rather stout, divaricating, terete, striate. Lvs us. in opp. fascicles on very short branchlets, 10–25 × 6–15 mm., subsessile, coriac., obovate-oblong, glab. or nearly so above when mature, clad below in soft white tomentum; margins flat, entire. Capitula in opp. fascicles of 2–5, on short stout peduncles; florets 20–40, ray-florets up to 20, short; corolla of disk-florets viscid-glandular; phyll. in 3–4 series, linear-oblong, obtuse, viscid. Achenes pilose, striate, compressed, 1–2 mm. long; pappus-hairs 2–3 mm. long.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Dec.–Feb.; Fruiting: Jan.–Mar.

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
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Petrie, M. A. 1891 ("1890"): Descriptions of new native plants, with notes on some known species. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 23: 398–407.