Brachyglottis kirkii var. angustior
kohurangi, Kirk’s tree daisy
Senecio kirkii var. angustior Allan, Urostemon kirkii var. angustior (Allan) B.Nord.
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
Fleshy small green shrub bearing large white daisy-like flowers. Twigs reddish-purple, brittle, with old leaf scars. Leaves narrow, shiny, fleshy, margin wavy. Flowers with long white radiating petals around a yellow centre, clustered together.
Endemic. Confined to the North Island where it is known from about Te Puke and Ngaruawahia north to Te Paki
Shrub up to 3 m tall. Branches brittle. Leaves 50-120 x 10-20 mm, lanceolate- to narrow-oblong, entire to shallowly sinuate. Corymbs up to 300 mm diameter or more, lower bracts foliaceous; capitula campanulate, up to 50 mm diameter; phyllaries narrow-oblong, acute, membranous on margins. Ray-florets 2, with white spreading ligules 20-30 mm long. Achenes linear, approximately 6 mm long, finely grooved; pappus-hairs stiff, up to 9 mm long, minutely barbellate.
Very similar to Brachyglottis kirkii var. kirkii which generally grows as an epiphyte; has a greater range geographically (locally found throughout North island); has shorter and wider leaves (40-100 x 20-40 mm) which are obviously toothed along margin; and generally, flowers later in the year (August-October).
(January-) March - June
(February-) April - August
Pappate achenes are dispersed by wind (Thorsen et al., 2009).
brachyglottis: Name comes from the Greek words brachus meaning “short” and glottis meaning “the vocal apparatus of the larynx”
kirkii: After Thomas Kirk (18 January 1828 - 8 March 1898), a NZ botanist and lecturer in natural sciences and regarded as a leader of botanical enquiry in NZ for over three decades. One of his most significant publications was Forest flora of NZ (1889) but he also contributed over 130 papers to the Transactions and Proceedings of the NZ Institute and other journals.
angustior: From the Latin word angustare meaning “to make narrow, confine”.
Newhook (1943) drew attention to the existence of two forms but provided no formal description or varietal name. He pointed out that the narrow-leaved form is the only one known north of Kaitaia, that it is usually terrestrial, and that it flowers in autumn and early winter whereas the broad-leaved form in the same latitudes flowers in spring and summer. He suggested occasional hybridism between the two varieties.
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. 748.
Newhook, F. J. 1942. 3. Variation in Senecio kirkii Hook. f. In Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand (Vol. 72, pp. 341-346).
Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2009 Vol. 11 No. 4 pp. 285-309