Goyen’s button daisy
Cotula goyenii Petrie, C. goyenii Petrie var. goyenii, Cotula goyenii var. pinnatisecta Kirk
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledonous composites
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2n = 52
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 from Central Otago east to Fiordland.
Alpine (> 1300 m a.s.l.), usually amongst rocks, on cliff faces or in fell field, and on gently sloping, rock strewn ridge summits
Woody, gyndioecious, perennial herb forming compact mats up to 30 mm thick in patches up 1 m wide. Rhizomes densely packed together, crowded, more or less horizontal and ascending at tips, completely obscured by leaves; branches single or in 2-3-clustered and diverging aggregates, usually spaced at 5-30 mm intervals; living leaves densely imbricate on the upper 5 mm of stem; lower parts covered with dead persistent leaves. Short shoots absent. Roots arising from basal parts of stems, slender but firm, more or less woody up to 5 mm diameter. Leaves sessile, palmately divided, curved around stem, 4-6 x 4-5 mm; blade 3 mm long, dark green, falcate, firmly coriaceous, with scattered short eglandular hairs; margins lobed up to 7 times, these linear, subteret, acute to acuminate, cut to top of broad leaf base. Peduncles more or less equal to or > leaf length, up to 70 mm long, ebracteate or with 1 small bract, pilose hairy. Capitula not or just emergent from mat surface, 2-4 mm diameter; surface convex; involucre hemispherical; involucral bracts subequally biseriate, elliptic or oblong, membranous, dark-green with a wide, pale keeled midrib, glabrous with broad scarious margins. Pistillate capitula with 10-15 involucral bracts and 20-45 florets; florets 2.25 mm long, straight, yellow-red, corolla twice as long as wide, dentition equal. Staminate capitula with 8-12 involucral bracts, 0-8 pistillate florets and 10-35 staminate. Cypsela 1.3 x 0.65 mm, golden-brown, glossy, compressed, smooth or slightly wrinkled.
The stout woody stems, mat forming habit and imbricate palmatifid leaves are unique to this species and set it apart from any other in the genus.
November - January
December - April
Papery cypselae are dispersed by wind and possibly attachment (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Difficult - should not be removed from the wild
leptinella: From the Greek word leptos (meaning slender, thin or delicate), referring to the ovary
Where To Buy
Not commercially available
Fact sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange 31 August 2006. Description from Lloyd (1972) - as Cotula goyenii.
References and further reading
Lloyd, D.G. 1972: A revision of the New Zealand, Subantarctic, and South American species of Cotula, section Leptinella. New Zealand Journal of Botany 10: 277-372.
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 11: 285-309
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Leptinella goyenii Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/leptinella-goyenii/ (Date website was queried)