Dall’s mountain daisy
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledonous composites
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2n = 108
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
Endemic. South Island: Westerly, and mostly present in the mountains of North-West Nelson extending south to about Westport.
Montane to subalpine grassland, herbfield. Often on calcareous rocks and soils derived from these.
Robust tufted, somewhat viscid herb arising from usually simple, rarely multicipital stock up to 800 mm long, pseudo-stem 600-700 mm long. Lamina 80-200 × 30-50 mm, obovate-oblong to obovate-lanceolate, coriaceous, subacute to obtuse, usually apiculate; upper surface glabrous bright to dark green, midrib and main veins evident; lower densely clad in appressed satiny white to pale buff tomentum, midrib stout, grooved, main veins evident through tomentum. Margins slightly upturned, sharply minutely toothed, narrowed to base, then suddenly widened to thinly coriaceous, glabrous, prominently ribbed sheath 40-50 × 18-22 mm. Scape stout, ± flattened, strongly ribbed, 150-450 mm long. Bracts usually numerous, foliaceous, tomentum as in leaves, lower 25-50 × 6-12 mm; uppermost forming a pseudo-involucre. Capitula 35-70 mm diameter. Involucral bracts, ± viscid, 2-seriate, outer ovate-oblong, foliaceous, similar to upper bracts; inner ± 12 × 2 mm, membranous, viscid, ciliate. Ray-florets numerous, c.15 mm. long, white, tube slender, limb narrow, gradually widening to 3-4-toothed apex. Disk-florets narrow-tubular to narrow-funnelform, c.7 mm long, teeth triangular. Anthers distinctly tailed. Achenes compressed narrow-cylindric, 2-4 mm long, pilose on rather weak ribs. Pappus-hairs slender, up to c.7 mm long, minutely barbellate.
Allied to Celmisia hieraciifolia and C. holosericea species with which C. dallii shares a a finely denticulate leaf margin that is not obscured by indumentum. From C. holosericea and C. hieraciifolia, C. dallii is distinguished by it smuch larger overall size, and scapes which bear leaf-like (foliaceous) bracts
November - February
December - April
Pappate cypselae are dispersed by wind (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Best grown from fresh seed. Can be grown by dividing established plants. Does best in a shaded site planted within a permanently moist, free draining soil. As a rule difficult to maintain.
celmisia: Apparently named after Kelmis, one of Idaean Dactyls, a group of skilled mythical beings associated with the Mother Goddess Rhea in Greek mythology. Kelmis, whose name means ‘casting’, was a blacksmith and childhood friend of Zeus, son of Rhea and later king of the gods. In Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, Kelmis is described as offending Zeus who turned him into adamant so he was as hard as a tempered blade
Where To Buy
Occasionally available from specialist native plant nurseries.
Description adapted from Allan (1961)
References and further reading
Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I, Government Printer, Wellington.
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