Helichrysum intermedium G.Simpson, Helichrysum intermedium G.Simpson var. intermedium, Helichrysum intermedium var. humile G.Simpson
Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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2n = 28
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
Low growing masses of green and white stems inhabiting open areas of western Otago mountains. Stems 2-3mm wide. Leaves scale-like, variable in shape, green, embedded in whiteish fuzz. Flowers yellowish, in tight cluster at tip of stems.
helichrysum: From the Greek words helios ‘sun’ and chrysos ‘gold’, referring to the colour of the flowers of some species
Helichrysum simpsonii Kottaim. is a replacement name (nomen novum) for H. intermedium G.Simpson. Helichrysum intermedium Simpson is an illegitimate name because it is a later homonym of H. intermedium Lessing (1832: 295), a species which was described from Cape of Good Hope of Africa. For this reason Kottaimuthu (2023) published H. simpsonii as a new name for the New Zealand plant.
References and further reading
Kottaimuthu, R. 2023: Helichrysum simpsonii, a replacement name for Helichrysum intermedium G.Simpson (Asteraceae). Phytotaxa 597(2): 193-194. https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.597.2.9