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Brachyglottis hectori - Hector’s tree daisy

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Brachyglottis hectorii  is a shrub with stout, spreading branches densely covered with hairs. A distinctive feature are the thin, toothed leaves with their covering of fine hairs on the undersurface and the numerous  jagged lobes along the leaf stalk (petiole). Named after James Hector, geologist, explorer  in mid to late 19th century New Zealand.
An endemic species found in N.W. Nelson and N. Westland forest. Formerly placed in the genus Senecio.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 4 m

Arrangement of parts: heads up to 5 cm with asymmetric ray florets and symmetric disc florets


Flower size: disk florets 1-3 mm diam.; ray floret petal 20 mm  long

Leaf form: undivided, lanceolate to oval

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 10-25 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disc florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth to toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry