Brachyglottis sciadophila


Brachyglottis: Name comes from the Greek words brachus meaning "short" and glottis meaning "the vocal apparatus of the larynx"

Common Name(s)

climbing groundsel

Current Conservation Status

2012 - At Risk - Declining

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - At Risk - Declining
2004 - Gradual Decline


2012 - DP
2009 - DP


Brachyglottis sciadophila (Raoul) B.Nord.



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Lianes and Related Trailing Plants


Senecio sciadophila Raoul


South Hawkes Bay, central and southern North and South Island.


Lowland, along forest margins or in alluvial forest.


Slender, twining or tangling climber, often draped over host plant in a dense mass or creeping along ground. Stems up to 5m long, woody, slender and flexible, hairy, grooved lengthwise. Leaves 2-3cm wide, round or oval, thin and coarsely toothed, soft hairs on both surfaces. Flowers solitary yellow daisies. Mature stems with papery peeling bark.

Similar Taxa

The only indigenous climbing daisy with yellow flowers.


October to May

Flower Colours



November to August

Propagation Technique

Easy from semi-hardwood cuttings and fresh seed but cultivated plants are prone to sudden collapse, especially following drought.


A sparsely distribed and generally uncommon species favouring riparian forest and/or disturbed forest margins. Often along roadsides. In some parts of its range it is only known from one or two plants. In many locations specimens have not been observed to flower. The species is threatened in many locations by weeds, particularly competition from other climbing vines such as Clematia vitalba and even Muehlenbeckia australis. Some populations have been destroyed by forest clearance for plantation forestry and routine weed spraying of roadsides.

Chromosome No.

2n = 60

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Life Cycle and Dispersal

Pappate achenes are dispersed by wind (Thorsen et al., 2009).

References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2009 Vol. 11 No. 4 pp. 285-309

This page last updated on 24 Oct 2015