Celmisia hieraciifolia var. gracilis


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
hieraciifolia: Having foliage like Hieracium (genus name from the word for hawk)
gracilis: slender

Common Name(s)

mountain daisy

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
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Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Celmisia hieraciifolia var. gracilis Allan



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs - Composites




Endemic. South Island. Mount Hope, Ben Nevis, Mount Murchison


Montane to subalpine in grassland, herbfield, fellfield and debris slopes.


Medium tufted herb, stock usually simple, pseudo-stem ± 40 mm long. Lamina coriaceous, c.15-25 × 2-4 mm; linear to very narrow-obovate; upper surface glabrous, sometimes slightly viscid, pale green when fresh; lower densely clad in closely appressed satiny pale yellow to buff or almost white tomentum, nerves conspicuous in lower part; subobtuse to obtuse, sometimes apiculate; margins entire or nearly so, teeth usually with distinct apiculus, slightly narrowed to broad grooved short petiole or directly into glabrous sheath c.20 × 10 mm Scape slender, up to 120 mm long, glandular-pubescent. Bracts linear to subulate, glandular-pubescent, lower up to 40 mm long. Capitula 20-30 mm diameter; involucral bracts ± 13 mm long, outer densely glandular-pubescent, linear-subulate, acute, midrib distinct, margins sometimes ± floccose. Ray-florets numerous, c.12 mm long, white, tube slender, limb narrow-linear. Disk-florets c.7 mm long, tubular to narrow-funnelform, teeth narrow-triangular. Achenes c.5 mm long, strongly ribbed, cylindric to subfusiform; hairs usually few, weak. Pappus-hairs white to sordid-white, slender, up to c.6 mm long, finely barbellate.


October - January

Flower Colours



November - April

Propagation Technique

Unknown. Probably best grown from fresh seed and like many Celmisia this species will probably dislike high humidity and drying out


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. The status of the three varieties of C. hieraciifolia needs critical investigation

This page last updated on 15 Aug 2014