Pleurophyllum criniferum


Pleurophyllum: From Greek pleuro- (rib, side) and phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'ribbed-leaved'.

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


Pleurophyllum criniferum Hook.f.



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs - Composites


Pleurophyllum hombronii Decne; Albinia oresigenesa Homb. et Jacq. ex Decne


Endemic. Auckland, Campbell and Antipodes Islands


Coastal and lower montane peaty herbfield


Radical leaves ascending, up to > 1 m long including petiole; lamina of diverse shape, usually of oblong-ovate to broadly lanceolate order, clad below in thin appressed white tomentum, above in scattered setose and moniliform hairs, submembr.; ribs up to 20, less prominent than in P. speciosum; margins rather distantly and obscurely crenate with conspicuous linear hydathodes. Scapes stout, grooved, up to 2 m tall; lower leaves linear-oblong, diminishing to linear bracts. Capitula c.15-30, in elongate racemes; ray-florets short, inconspicuous; disk-florets purple. Involucral bracts acuminate, ciliate. Achenes densely strigose. Pappus-hairs slightly thickened at tips

Similar Taxa

Distinguished from Pleurophyllum speciosum by the submembranous, distinctly petioled leaves, and inconspicuous ray-florets. Pleurophyllum hookeri differs from both P. criniferum and P. speciosum by having leaves with both sides covered with silvery appressed tomentum.


December – February

Flower Colours

Orange,Purple,Red / Pink,Violet / Purple


January – May

Propagation Technique

Difficult. Should not be removed from the wild


A naturally uncommon endemic. Widespread within its island habitants. The subantarctic islands on which it occurs are Nature Reserves and World Heritage sites with access only by permit, and strictly limited as to numbers of people.

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Not commercially available.


Description adapted from: Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand

This page last updated on 6 Jun 2015