Olearia muelleri

Olearia muelleri (Mueller daisy bush)[4]is a plant in the Asteraceae family.[1] It was first described as Eurybia muelleri in 1853 by Otto Wilhelm Sonder.[1][5] In 1867, George Bentham assigned it to the genus Olearia in his Flora Australiensis.[1][2]

Olearia muelleri
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Olearia
O. muelleri
Binomial name
Olearia muelleri

Erybia muelleri Sond.

It is native to Western Australia, and according to Plants of the World online has been introduced to South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.[3] However, this is at odds with Bentham's list of the specimens used in his description (below),[2] and with the respective Australian state authorities.[6][7][8]


In Flora Australiensis, Bentham describes it as:

40. O. Muelleri, Benth. A much-branched bushy shrub, more or less glutinous, otherwise glabrous. Leaves obovate or broadly cuneate, thick, very obtuse, entire or toothed, under ½ in. long, narrowed into a petiole. Flower-heads solitary, terminal, much smaller than in O. magniflora. Involucre ovoid or turbinate, much imbricate, the inner bracts about 4 lines long. Ray florets 8 to 10 ; disk-florets more numerous. Style-appendages short as in O. magniflora. Achenes silky-hairy, much shorter than in the last two species, and the pappus with fewer bristles, — Eurybia Muelleri Sond. in Linnaea xxv 459.

N.S.Wales Darling river, Victorian Expedition; desert of the Murray and Murrumbidgee F. Mueller.
Victoria. Avoca river, F. Mueller; Wimmera, Dallachy; N.W. districts, L. Morton.
S.Australia South coast. R. Brown; Flinders' Range, F. Mueller; Lake Gairdner, Babbage; Northern interior, M'Douall Stuart's Expedition.

W. Australia, Drummond, with rather smaller flower-heads, hut apparently not otherwise different.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Olearia muelleri". Australian Plant Name Index, IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
  2. ^ a b c d George Bentham (1867). "LXII. Compositae". Flora Australiensis. 3: 481. Wikidata Q104155624.
  3. ^ a b "Olearia muelleri (Sond.) Benth. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  4. ^ Atlas of Living Australia. "Species: Olearia muelleri (Dusky Daisy-Bush)". bie.ala.org.au. Retrieved 11 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Sonder (1853). "Plantae Muellerianae. Beitrag zum Flora Sudaustraliens, aus der Sammlungen des Dr. Ferd. Müller Compositae". Linnaea : Ein Journal für die Botanik in ihrem ganzen Umfange. (in Latin). 25: 459–460. ISSN 0178-5397. Wikidata Q109541627.
  6. ^ "Fact sheet for Olearia muelleri". www.flora.sa.gov.au. Retrieved 11 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Flora of Victoria: Olearia muelleri". vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 11 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "PlantNET - FloraOnline: Olearia muelleri". plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 11 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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