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Olearia nummulariifolia

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Olearia nummulariifolia is a many branched, twiggy shrub with small, spoon-shaped and leathery leaves with a dense covering of hairs on the lower surface. Flower heads are solitary.
An endemic species found in subalpine areas on both North and South Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts:
heads up to 5 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

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-10 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disk florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: rolled under (recurved)

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on lower surface

Fruit: dry