Flowers. Photo: Don Wood, south coast, NSW

Shrub. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Murrumbidgee River, ACT

Common Name

Sifton Bush, Chinese Shrub, Biddy Bush, Drooping Cassinia




Shrub to 2m tall, curry-smelling.  Leaves alternating up the stems, the bases continuing down the stems, 0.25-1.5cm long, to 1mm wide, linear, upper surface hairless and sticky, lower surface woolly, almost obscured by the rolled-down edges, tips blunt.  Flower heads small (less than 3mm across), pale brown, with 0 petals, cylindrical, in open groups of many flowers at the ends of the stems. 

Differs from Cassinia laevis in that the stems are inconspicuously white woolly, and that the tips of the bracts on the flower heads are translucent.

Description and photograph in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 688

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