Senecio cockaynei G.Simpson et J.S.Thomson
Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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2n = 60
Current conservation status
The threat classification status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | Threatened – Nationally Critical | Qualifiers: RR, Sp
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Threatened – Nationally Critical | Qualifiers: RR, Sp
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Bushy shrub inhabiting coastal scrub of western Nelson. Leaves bright green, longer than wide, paler underneath. Flowers a white furry body with a yellow tip in loose clusters at tips of twigs.
Endemic. South Island – Westhaven, West Wanganui Inlet
Compactly branched shrub up to 1 metre tall. Branches brittle, more or less purple; branchlets at first pubescent, ribbed. Leaves 4–6 × 3–4 cm., on pubescent grooved petioles up to 2 cm. long, obliquely oblong to obovate, obtuse to subacute; glabrous above, clad below in thin appressed silvery to greyish tomentum, midrib prominent, margins very obscurely toothed. Panicles terminal, branchlets tomentose, lower bracts foliaceous. Capitula sub-cylindric, about 1 cm. long, 4 mm. diameter, discoid. Phyllary narrow-lanceolate, acute to subacute, glabrous, margins scarious. Pistillate flowers usually absent, disk-florets about 20. Achenes 3 mm. long, linear, grooved, pilose. Pappus-hairs barbellate.
January – February
February – March
brachyglottis: Name comes from the Greek words brachus meaning “short” and glottis meaning “the vocal apparatus of the larynx”
cockaynei: Named after Leonard Cockayne FRS (7 April 1855 - 8 July 1934) who is regarded as New Zealand’s greatest botanist and a founder of modern science in New Zealand
Description adapted by M. Ward from Allan (1961).
References and further reading
Allan, H. H. 1961 Flora of New Zealand. Volume I. Wellington, N. Z. pg. 755