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Pleurophyllum speciosum - megaherb

Daisy family: Asteraceae

Pleurophyllum speciosum is distinguished from P. criniferum by its thicker and more leathery leaves and flowers with much larger ray florets.
An endemic species found on the Auckland and Campbell Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: perennial herb, up to1 m

Arrangement of parts: heads up to 6 cm with asymmetric ray florets and symmetric disk florets

Leaf form: undivided, oval

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 15-45 cm

Petals: 5, pink

Leaf arrangement: singly on the stem

Sexuality: ray florets are female; disc florets are bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: with deep ribs; hairs

Fruit: dry