Celmisia glandulosa var. latifolia


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)

Egmont Bog Mountain Daisy

Current Conservation Status

2012 - At Risk - Naturally Uncommon

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 - Naturally Uncommon
2004 - Range Restricted


2012 - RR
2009 - OL


Celmisia glandulosa var. latifolia Cockayne



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


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Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs - Composites




Endemic. North Island: Mount Egmont and Pouakai Range,


Subalpine to alpine. Common in wet places in tussock-grassland or herbfield and in 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, broadly oblong-spathulate to obovate, glandular-pubescent on both surfaces with evident reticulate veins and midrib, bright green above, paler below, 20-30 × 10-20 mm; apex obtuse apiculate; margins remotely to rather closely, coarsely serrate-dentate, teeth often apiculate; petiole 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 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 (20-30 × 10-20 mm cf. 10-20 × 5-8 mm). It differs from C. glandulosa var. longiscapa a south-western South Island endemic by the shorter scapes (50-100 mm cf. 120-200 mm long) and its restriction to Mt Egmont National Park, in the North Island


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.


A naturally uncommon plant that is abundant within the confines of Mt Egmont National Park.

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 25 Sep 2013