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Pachystegia insignis - Marlborough rock daisy

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Pachystegia insignis is a many-branched sprawling shrub with densely hairy stems. The leaves are large and leathery with a dense covering of whitish hairs on their lower surface. Found in rocky places in coastal and mountain regions at the northern portion of the South Island in Eastern Marlborough.
An endemic genus with one species.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: sprawling shrub up to 2 m

Arrangement of parts: heads 20-40 mm with asymmetric ray florets and symmetric disc florets


Flower size: florets 3-4 mm diam; ray floret petal 30-40 mm long

Leaf form: undivided, ovate to oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 8-18 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disc florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry