Olearia argophylla

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Olearia argophylla
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Olearia
Species: O. argophylla
Binomial name
Olearia argophylla
(Labill.) F. Muell. ex Benth.

Olearia argophylla is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. Its common names are musk daisybush, musktree, muskwood and silvershrub. It is found in Australia, specifically in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.[1] It grows as a tall shrub or tree characteristic of wet sclerophyll forest. Its leaves are large and broad (6–15 cm x 2–5 cm), coarsely toothed, green on top and silver-white underneath.[2] The grain of the wood is mainly straight, but burls near the base of the tree are prized for their brown swirls that often suggest the appearance of small faces or animals peering out of the wood, making them highly sought after by woodworkers.[3]


  1. ^ GRIN taxonomy of Plants, USDA. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?25569 (accessed: 23 December 2007 & 11 September 2010).
  2. ^ Species reference, University of Tasmania. http://www.utas.edu.au/docs/plant_science/field_botany/species/dicots/astersp/oleaargo.html (accessed 11 September 2010).
  3. ^ Yanni Rigos Wood Alchemy (with image) http://www.woodalchemy.com/woods/musk (accessed 11 September 2010).