Senecio revolutum Kirk, Senecio robustus Buchanan nom. illegit., Senecio revolutus Kirk
Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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2n = 60
Current conservation status
The conservation 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). 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.
2012 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Low-growing, sprawling grey-green shrub with clusters of yellow daisy-like flowers inhabiting subalpine areas of south-western South Island. Leaves oval, slightly sticky, 3-6cm long, margins curved and wavy, white or tan fuzz underneath. Flowers 2cm wide with radiating yellow petals in clusters projecting above the leaves.
Endemic. From Fiordland east encompassing the following ranges - Eyre, Thomson, Livingstone, Richardson, Harris, Hector, Garvie, Umbrella and Old Man
Montane to subalpine 900-1600 m, shrubland and fellfield.
Depressed to suberect shrub, occasionally up to 0.5 m. tall; main branches decumbent at base; branchlets erect or ascending, densely leafy, ending in erect stout peduncles approximately 5 mm diameter, up to 10 cm long, clad in linear-oblong foliaceous bracts, terminated by subcorymbose inflorescence. Leaves; lamina 33-60×20-30 mm, coriaceous, about elliptic-oblong, obtuse, glabrous and rugose above, below clad in pale buff to white appressed viscid tomentum; midrib distinct, margins slightly revolute, crenately sinuate; petioles 10-20 mm long, flattened, tomentose, widened to a persistent sheathing base. Capitula 5-15, up to 20 mm diameter, closely arranged on tomentose rather stout pedicels; phyllaries linear, acute, tomentose and viscid on back. Ray-florets 10-15, ligules yellow, broad, recurved; achenes 3 mm long, oblong, sub-compressed, glabrous, strongly grooved; pappus-hairs up to 6 mm. long, finely barbellate.
Similar to B. adamsii, which is a larger shrub (up to 1 m or more high); leaves are smaller (25-55 x 10-20 mm), stickier, and thicker; geographically only co-existing in the deep south (B. revoluta not present in North Island).
January - March
February - April
brachyglottis: Name comes from the Greek words brachus meaning “short” and glottis meaning “the vocal apparatus of the larynx”
revoluta: Rolled back from margins or apex
Where To Buy
Not commercially available.
Description adapted by M. Ward from Allan (1961) and Mark (2012).
References and further reading
Allan, H. H. 1961. Flora of New Zealand. Vol. 1. Wellington: Government Printer. pg. 748-749.
Mark, A. F. 2012. Above the Treeline: A Nature Guide to Alpine New Zealand. Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson. pg. 231.