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Ozothamnus leptophyllus - tauhinu

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Ozothamnus leptophylla  is a small, many-branched shrub with small, overlapping linear leaves covered in hairs on their lower surface.
Formerly placed in the genus Cassinia.
An endemic species  common in coastal to lower mountain shrubland throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts: heads up to 6 mm with symmetric disc florets only-


Flower size: florets 2-3 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oblong-oval

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-12 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: disc florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth, rolled under

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry