Olearia insignis var. minor Cheeseman, Pachystegia insignis var. minor Cheeseman,
Vascular – Native
Dicotyledonous Herbs other than 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 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: DP, RR
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon
2004 | Data Deficient
Endemic. From Clarence to Puhipuhi Rivers, South Marlborough.
Coastal and inland lowland, usually confined to steep rocky or stony sites, rock faces and slopes.
Small and slender spreading shrub, less than 1m tall. Leaves diamond-shaped or blunt-ended 6.5-10cm long, 2.5-4cm wide, with a thin layer of felted hair on the back. Flower heads white, max. 3.5cm diameter. Flower stalks slender, sometimes leafy, about 10cm long.
Pachystegia insignis. Leaves of P. minor are much smaller and more slender, with thinner layer of felted hair. It has smaller, slender stalked flowers, opening slightly later than other Pachystegia species.
December to February
February to April
Easily grown from fresh seed but tricky to transplant. Can be grown from cuttings with extreme difficulty.
Pachystegia minor is probably very local in its distribution, and many of the more accessible populations are often damaged by browsing animals. Some populations are at risk from roads, fire and the spread of weeds such as gorse (Ulex europaeus).
pachystegia: Thick covering
Where To Buy
Occasionally offered by retail plant and specialist native plant nurseries.
Fact sheet prepared by P.J. de Lange for NZPCN (1 June 2013)
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Pachystegia minor Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/pachystegia-minor/ (Date website was queried)