Ozothamnus cupressoides

Kerosene Bush

Small dense erect shrub with densely cottony branchlets.

Additional information

  • SynonymSeparated from Ozothamnus hookeri. O. sp. 1
  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 1.2 m high
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesTiny erect stalkless narrow to triangular dark green leaves 1.5-4 mm x 1-2 mm, pressed against the stem, sticky above, densely cottony below, margins rolled under.
  • Flower colourDull yellow
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersDense terminal clusters to 13 mm wide with 10-35 cylindric flowerheads, 15-18 bracts per flowerhead.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soil in sub-alpine heathland. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, semi shade. Limited distribution within the Shire.
  • Garden useAn interesting small daisy plant for an alpine garden. Prefers soils that do not dry out.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1-3 Peter Kinchington ©; 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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