Kath Alcock paintings: 2
Helichrysum gunnii ssp. paralium
Helichrysum cinereum, partly
Ozothamnus, from the Greek 'ozo', meaning to smell and 'thamnos,' meaning shrub, alluding to the fragrant foliage when crushed. Turbinatus, from Latin meaning top-shaped.
Distribution and status
Found along the coast on the Fleurieu Peninsula and the South-east in South Australia, growing on exposed dunes and cliffs. Also found in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in New South Wales. Common in the other States.
Herbarium regions: Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Dense spreading shrub to 2 m high with branchlets covered in dense cottony hairs. Leaves, spreading, linear, to 25 mm long and 2 mm wide; glabrous above with densely cottony hairs beneath; whitish or yellow-resinous; apex acute to obtuse; margins revolute. Inflorescences hemispherical, to 5 cm diameter, with 20ï¿½40, dull-yellow flowers. Flowering between January and March. Fruits are dense cream- yellow heads. Seeds are brown ovoid seed to 1 mm long and 0.5 mm wide, covered with yellow resin and scattered short white hairs, with a very long pappus at one end. Seed embryo type is spatulate, fully- developed.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between April and May. Collect mature seed heads turning a cream-brown. Place the heads in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks, then rub the heads gently with your hands to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|9,400 (8.07 g)|
9,400 (8.07 g)