Senecio southlandicus Cockayne, Senecio southlandicus Cockayne var. southlandicus, Senecio southlandicus var. albidulus Allan, Brachyglottis southlandica var. albidula (Allan) B.Nord., Brachyglottis southlandica (Cockayne) B.Nord. var. southlandica
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledonous composites
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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
Endemic. South Island. Southland – Upper Makaroa south to Mount Aspiring to Red tussock Reserve (Slopedown) and Macraes Flat in the east.
Lowland to montane grassland and open shrubland.
Terrestrial herb forming a leafy rosette. Stock and bases of petioles clad in long brownish hairs. Leaves spreading to erect; lamina 60-110 x 30-60 mm, ovate-oblong to suborbicular, obtuse, cordate at base, membranous; upper and lower surfaces often purplish, glabrous to sparsely clad in delicate hairs; petiole 20-150 mm long, with mingled delicate and glandular hairs. Scapes up to 350 mm long, usually several times branched, clad in mingled silky and glandular hairs; bracts few, linear. Capitula 20-40 mm diameter; phyllaries glandular-pilose, linear, obtuse; ligules yellow, up to 20 mm long. Pappus-hairs up to 5 mm long, barbellate; achenes approximately 3 mm long, linear-oblong, glabrous
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”
Notes on taxonomy
Brachyglottis southlandica var. albidula (Allan) Cockayne is included within B. southlandicus because it grades into B. southlandicus throughout its known range
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. 740.
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