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Brachyglottis kirkii - Kohurangi, Kirk’s daisy

Family: Asteraceae

Brachyglottis kirkii  is a shrub with distinctive red- brown branchlets, and soft fleshy, hairless leaves. Found throughout the North Island.
Formerly placed in the genus Senecio.
An endemic species with several forms including one commonly found as an epiphyte in the forest canopy.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

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


Flower size: disc florets 2-3 mm diam.; ray petal 20-30 mm long

Leaf form:undivided, oval to oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: up to 10 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disc florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry