Celmisia glandulosa var. glandulosa


Celmisia: Apparently named after Kelmis, one of Idaean Dactyls, a group of skilled mythical beings associated with the Mother Goddess Rhea in Greek mythology. Kelmis, whose name means ‘casting’, was a blacksmith and childhood friend of Zeus, son of Rhea and later king of the gods. In Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, Kelmis is described as offending Zeus who turned him into adamant so he was as hard as a tempered blade
glandulosa: gland bearing

Common Name(s)

bog mountain daisy

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


Celmisia glandulosa Hook.f. var. glandulosa



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs - Composites


Celmisia glandulosa var. vera Cockayne


Endemic. North & South Islands from Central Volcanic Plateau to Southland.


Lowland to alpine in wet places in grassland, herbfield, fellfield, rocky places and bogs


Stoloniferous herb with stout rather woody main stem, bearing rosulate leaves and emitting stolons up to c.250 mm long, rooting at nodes and there with rosulate leaves. Lamina coriaceous to submembranous, oblong to oblong-spathulate to nearly obovate, glandular-pubescent on both surfaces with evident reticulate veins and midrib, bright green above, paler below, 10-20 × 5-8 mm; apex obtuse to subacute, usually apiculate; margins remotely to rather closely, coarsely serrate-dentate, teeth often apiculate; petiole c.10-15 mm long, winged, parallel ribs distinct; sheath narrow, membranous, glabrous, ± 10 mm long. Scape slender, glandular-pubescent, 50-100 mm long, rather stiff; bracts linear-oblong, acute to acuminate, glandular, lower up to 15 mm long. Capitula 12-30 mm diameter; involucral bracts linear-subulate, acuminate, clad in soft hairs, especially marginally, up to 8-9 mm long. Ray florets conspicuous, spreading, up to c.15 mm long; limb obovate-oblong, up to c.4 mm wide, 3-toothed. Disk-florets funnelform, 6-8 mm long; teeth minute, ascending, narrow-triangular. Achenes narrow-cylindric, 2-3 mm long, ribs with fine ascending hairs. Pappus-hairs up to 8 mm long, very slender, very finely barbellate

Similar Taxa

Easily recognised by its small size, stoloniferous growth habit, oblong to oblong-spathulate to nearly obovate, glandular-pubescent leaves with extremely viscid-sticky young leaves and buds. Allied to C. glabrescens and C. prorepens from which it differs by the coarsely serrated leaf margins, winged petiole and leaves which are glandular sticky on both surfaces. Celmisia glandulosa has smaller leaves than C. prorepens. Three varieties of C. glandulosa are recognised, var. glandulosa differs from var. latifolia and var. longiscapa by the smaller, narrower leaves, and from var. longiscapa by the shorter scapes.


October - March

Flower Colours



December - May

Propagation Technique

Easy to grow from fresh seed and the division of established plants. Best in a pot or a rockery. Dislikes humidity and drying out.


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 108

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Life Cycle and Dispersal

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

Where To Buy

Occasionally available from specialist native plant nurseries.


Description adapted from Allan (1961)

References and further reading

Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I, Government Printer, Wellington.  

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 15 Aug 2014