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Olearia albida - tanguru

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Olearia albida  is a small tree with branches and lower leaf surfaces covered with hairs. It is distinguished by leathery,  grayish-green leaves that gradually taper to a point, wavy margins and  a felt-like covering of white hairs on the lower surface. A genus of 180 species of tree daisy with 32 found in New Zealand, all of which are endemic.
An endemic species found in coastal forest and scrub in the upper half of the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub to small tree up to 5 m

Arrangement of parts: heads up to 7 mm with asymmetric ray florets and symmetric disc florets


Flower size: disc florets 1-3 mm diam; ray floret petal 15-20 mm long

Leaf form: undivided, ovate to oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 7-10 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disk florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth to undulate

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry