Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
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2n = 48
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
Alpine (1050-2000 m a.s.l.) in damp, south-facing, shaded sites within tussock-land, herbfields, and scrub. Usually amongst rocks, in crevices or stonefields
Perennial herbs 5-135 mm tall, with erect inflorescences and repent leaves; stems 1.3-2.8 mm diameter, internodes 1.3-7.1 mm long, clearly separated, glabrous. Leaves opposite, distichous, densely packed along creeping stems; petiole 1.8-5.0 x 1.1-3.8 mm, glabrous or eglandular pilose mostly along margins; lamina 4.7-10.6 x 3.0-8.4 mm, narrowly to broadly obovate, spathulate, apex rounded, base attenuate, margin subentire or with 1-few, irregular notches or regularly crenate, upper surface, punctate, sparsely or densely eglandular pilose near apex, undersides glabrous, punctate. Inflorescence racemose, 1-7-flowered, 48-143 mm long, bracteate, with 1-4 flowering nodes, 2 bracts and 1-2- flowers per node; peduncle 0.8-1.5 mm diameter, pilose or villous, densely glandular/eglandular hairy. Floral bracts up to 6.0-9.1 x 3.6-8.0 mm, sessile or with short, wide petioles, narrowly to broadly obovate, margins subentire or 1-few notched, often emarginate, glandular/eglandular pilose or villous. Flowers 13.5-18.8 x 6.8-15.9 mm; pedicel 5.8-21.9 mm long, pilose to villous, hairs mostly glandular. Calyx 6.2-8.6 x 4.0-8.3 mm, irregular, externally eglandular/glandular pilose, internally mostly glabrous, anterior calyx lobes 5.2-7.1 x 1.5-3.6 mm, posterior calyx lobes 1.3-3.1 x 1.5-3.2 mm, 3 posterior lobes divided 1/4 of calyx length, 2 anterior lobes divided to near base, lanceolate, or narrowly ovate, rarely oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, apex rounded, rarely subacute, prominently 3-veined below. Corolla 14.5-19.0 x 21.1-23.0 mm when flattened, bilabiate, tubular-funnelform, straight or slightly curved, white, externally glabrous; tube 6.1-9.8 x 4.3-5.9 mm at apex, 2.1-3.5 mm wide at base, not constricted near base, mostly yellow inside, sometimes purple outside near base only, glabrous; anterior corolla lobes 7.2-10.3 x 5.1-6.6 at widest point, 2.2-3.1 mm wide at base, posterior corolla lobes 5.0-8.0 x 4.4-7.0 mm wide at widest point, 1.9-3.3 mm wide at base, spreading, obovate or slightly obcordate, apically plane, slightly emarginate or undulate. Stamens 4, didynamous; comprising two long stamens 5.9-10.0 mm long, reaching tube opening, and two short stamens 3.7-8.9 mm long, included; anthers 0.7-1.2 x 0.8-1.1 mm, reniform to horseshoe-shaped; staminode c.0.2-1.7 mm long, inserted c.0.2-0.7 mm above base of corolla, or absent. Style 4.0-6.0 mm long, slightly curved, not exserted; stigma 0.4-0.8 mm diameter, emarginate; ovary 2.9-4.8 x 1.1-2.3 mm, glabrous. Capsules 5.5-6.0 x 4.3-4.6 mm, glabrous, dehiscence loculicidal, rarely septicidal. Seeds 0.6-1.0 x 0.4-0.6 mm.
Distinguished by the small stature and numerous, short glandular hairs on most parts of the plant except the leaves.
December - March
Difficult - should not be removed from the wild.
ourisia: After Ouris, governor of the Falkland Islands
glandulosa: Gland bearing
Where To Buy
Not commercially available
Description based on Meudt (2006).
References and further reading
Meudt, H.M. 2006: Monograph of Ourisia (Plantaginaceae), Systematic Botany Monographs 77. 188pp.