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NZ Plants

Olearia rani - heketara

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Olearia rani  is a large shrub with branches and lower surface of leaves covered by a mat of hairs. It is distinguished by its soft light-green leaves with dark veins on the upper surface and toothed margins.
An endemic species found throughout the North Island and on the northern portion of the South Island in forest and scrub.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 7 m

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


Flower size: florets 2-3 mm diam. ray floret petal 15-30 mm long

Leaf form: undivided, elliptic to oval

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-15

Petals: 5, white, yellow

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disk florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry