Senecio elaeagnifolius Hook.f.
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 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Leathery bushy subalpine small tree. Leaves leathery, oval, dark green, fuzzy brown underneath. Twigs furry, grooved. Bark of loose thin flakes. Flowers a white furry body with a yellowish-orange tip in loose clusters at tips of twigs.
Endemic. North, South and Stewart Islands. Widespread in the North Island mountains, including Mount Taranaki; in the South Island mostly found in mountainous areas north and west of the main divide.
Upper montane forest and scrub.
Wetland plant indicator status rating
FACU: Facultative Upland
Occasionally is a hydrophyte but usually occurs in uplands (non-wetlands).
Shrub up to 3 (-5) m tall. Branches grooved; branchlets, petioles and inflorescence-branchlets clad in pale buff to whitish woolly tomentum. Leaves 60-90 × 30-50 mm, on grooved petioles up to 50 mm long; coriaceous, obovate to lanceolate-oblong, obtuse; glabrous and shining above with evident veins, clad in buff to whitish silvery appressed tomentum below. Panicle sub-pyramidal to sub-racemose, up to 150 mm long; capitula campanulate to sub-cylindric, discoid, up to 10 mm diameter, on stout woolly-tomentose pedicels; phyllaries coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, densely woolly tomentose on back (usually tan to brownish-orange). Female flower 0-3, disk-florets numerous. Achenes 1-2 mm long, angled, oblong, rough-pubescent to nearly glabrous; pappus-hairs stiff, sordid-white, up to 5 mm long, barbellate, especially towards tips.
Similar to B. buchananii, which has leaves that are a different shape (elliptic, narrowed towards apex and base); more open inflorescence panicle (laxly branched), which is usually larger (250 mm).
brachyglottis: Name comes from the Greek words brachus meaning “short” and glottis meaning “the vocal apparatus of the larynx”
elaeagnifolia: Eleagnus leaf
Where To Buy
Not commercially available.
Description adapted by M. Ward from Allan (1961).
References and further reading
Allan, H. H. 1961. Flora of New Zealand. Vol. 1. Wellington: Government Printer. pg. 755.