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Olearia pannosa subsp. cardiophylla

Velvet daisy bush

About the plant

This rare low spreading shrub is restricted in South Australia to the Southern Flinders Ranges north of Adelaide, renowned for their rugged landscape and unique flora.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
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Facts

  • Small and scattered populations
  • Found on the upper ridges of the southern Flinders Ranges
  • Predominantly grows in sugar gum woodland
  • Large white daisy flowers
  • Threats include weeds, introduced herbivores and drought
  • Considered endangered in South Australia

Distinguishing features

The ‘heart-shaped leaf’ (cardiophylla) is one way to distinguish between this and its more widespread cousin Olearia pannosa subsp. pannosa.


Heavy seeds

The limited distribution of O. pannosa subsp. cardiophylla is thought to be due, in part, to its relatively heavy seed not carrying far in the wind.


How to save a species

South Australian Seed Conservation Centre in Australia collected nearly 12,000 seeds in 2006 from a population in Mount Remarkable National Park. The seeds were dried and are now stored at subzero temperatures, half at Adelaide Botanic Gardens and half at the Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.

Slow-growing, but long-lived, some plants in the wild are over 100 years old
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Click on icon to reveal more