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Brachyglottis bidwillii

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Brachyglottis bidwillii  is a compactly branched shrub with small leathery leaves. Both stems and undersurface of leaves have a dense covering of hairs. A genus of about 39 species of tree daisy, 24 of which are endemic to New Zealand. Named after the English botanist, John Carne Bidwill who collected in New Zealand in the mid-19th century
An endemic species found in subalpine to alpine areas  from the middle of the North Island to the middle of the South Island (Canterbury). Formerly placed in the genus Senecio.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 2 m

Arrangement of parts: heads up to 1.5 cm with symmetric disc florets only


Flower size: disk florets 1-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, broadly oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 1-5 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: disk florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry