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  1. Olearia, genus Olearia(noun)

    large genus of Australian evergreen shrubs or small trees with large daisylike flowers

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  1. Olearia

    Olearia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Asteraceae. There are about 130 different species within the genus found mostly in Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. The genus includes herbaceous plants, shrubs and small trees, the latter unusual among the Asteraceae. All bear the familiar daisy-like composite flowerheads. The genus is named for Adam Olearius, a 17th-century German scholar. Olearia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Aenetus ligniveren, which burrows into the trunk.

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