Brachyglottis rotundifolia var. rotundifolia


Brachyglottis: Name comes from the Greek words brachus meaning "short" and glottis meaning "the vocal apparatus of the larynx"
rotundifolia: round leaf; from the Latin rotundus and folium

Common Name(s)

mutton-bird scrub

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

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 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Brachyglottis rotundifolia (J.R.Forst. et G.Forst.) B.Nord. var. rotundifolia



Brief Description

Large leathery shrub inhabiting coastal shrub in the southern South Island southwards. Leaves thick and leathery, 4-10cm long, widest part of leaf towards base, dark green and glossy, white or tan fuzz underneath. Flowers a white furry body with a yellowish tip in loose leafy clusters at tips of twigs.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs


Senecio puffinii Allan ex. Rehder, Senecio reinoldii Endl. Senecio rotundifolius (J.R.Forst et G.Forst) Hook.f. nom. illegit.


Not Threatened

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 10 May 2014