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Olearia furfuracea - akepiro

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Olearia furfuracea  is a many-branched shrub with white to red hairs on branchlets and undersurface of leaves. it is distinguished by broad dark green leathery leaves with wavy margins and a silvery coating of hairs tightly pressed to the lower surface.
An endemic species found in scrub and forest margins throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 5 m

Arrangement of parts: heads up to 10 mm with asymmetric ray florets and symmetric disc florets


Flower size: florets 1-3 mm diam; ray floret petal 10-15 mm long

Leaf form: undivided, ovate to elliptic

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-10 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disk florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: undulate to slightly toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry