Colenso, W. 1880 : A Description of a few new Plants from our New Zealand Forests, with dried Specimens of the same. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 12: 359-367.
Included under Olearia rani var. colorata which is discussed under Olearia rani in Allan 1961, he notes it is "a somewhat polymorphic sp., the status of the different forms not well understood." They are considered synonyms until further study is undertaken.
NZOR Concept Id
Allan Herbarium 2007: New Zealand Plant Names Database Concepts - Asterales.