high alpine cress
Cheesemania enysii (Cheeseman) Schulz, Cardamine enysii Cheeseman, Nasturtium enysii (Cheeseman) Cheesman
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
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 | Gradual Decline
South Island: north and east of Southern Alps.
High alpine rock crevices, on drier mountains.
Low herb up to 10cm tall. Base of stem fleshy, about 1.5cm diameter, crowned by a rosette of leaves. Leaves toothed, about 4cm long, 1.5cm wide, oblong to spoon-shaped, covered with branched hairs. Flower stems short and branched. Flowers white, 4-petalled, up to 10mm across. Pods narrow-linear, about 2.5-3.5cm long, 2mm wide. Seeds less than 1mm long.
Pachycladon fastigiata, P. stellata. Leaves in P. enysii have a mix of forked and star-shaped hairs. P. fastigiata leaves are hairless and sharply toothed, P. stellata leaves are shallowly lobed and star-shaped hairs. The flower head in P. enysii is dense and on short stems. Other Pachycladon species have longer flower stems.
January - March
March - April
Difficult and should not be removed from the wild.
enysii: Named in honour of John Davies Enys (1837-1912), a Cornish geologist, biologist and farmer, who owned Castle Hill Station in Canterbury from 1867 to 1891.
Where To Buy
Not commercially available.
Fact Sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange 1 August 2003. Description based on Allan (1961) - as Cheesemania enysii
References and further reading
Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I. Wellington, Government Printer
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Pachycladon enysii Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/pachycladon-enysii/ (Date website was queried)