Celmisia glandulosa var. longiscapa


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 var. longiscapa Cockayne



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs - Composites




Endemic. South Island: Fiordland, western Otago and 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, obovate-oblong, lanceolate, oblong to elliptic, glandular-pubescent on both surfaces with evident reticulate veins and midrib, bright green above, paler below, 20-40 × 10-15 mm; apex obtuse to subacute, apiculate; margins remotely to rather closely, coarsely serrate-dentate, teeth often apiculate; petiole c.20 mm long, winged, parallel ribs distinct; sheath narrow, membranous, glabrous, ± 10 mm long. Scape slender, glandular-pubescent, 120-200 mm long, rather stiff; bracts numerous, 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

Differs from C. glandulosa var. glandulosa by the larger and broader leaves (20-40 × 10-15 mm cf. 10-20 × 5-8 mm) and longer scapes (120-200 mm cf. 50-100 mm long). It differs from var. latifolia by the longer scapes and longer, narrower leaves (20-40 × 10-15 mm cf. 20-30 × 10-20 mm). Celmisia glandulosa var. latifolia is confined to the Egmont National Park (Mt Eganaki and Pouakai Range)


October - March


December - May

Propagation Technique

Unknown - probably the same as var. glandulosa


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 108

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Not Commercially Available.



Description adapted from Allan (1961)

References and further reading

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

This page last updated on 15 Aug 2014