large-flowered mat daisy
Gnaphalium fasciculatum Buchanan, Raoulia grandiflora var. fasciculata (Buchanan) Cheeseman; Psychrophyton grandiflorum Beauverd
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledonous composites
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2n = 28
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. North and South Islands from Mt Hikurangi south.
Upper montane to alpine. Usually amongst rocks and fellfield, rarely in ablation zones within herbfield.
Stems woody at base, much-branched; branches and branchlets densely to rather loosely arranged, the plant forming cushions or mats up to c.150 mm diameter, occasionally of more open habit. Leaves densely imbricate, 5-10 × 1-2 mm, 3-nerved, ovate-lanceolate-spathulate, tapering to subacute tip, clad in upper part on both surfaces in appressed silvery tomentum, loosely tomentose near base. Capitula up to 15 mm diameter; inner series of involucral bracts linear, contracted near middle, obtuse, with conspicuous white radiate tips up to c. 5 mm long. Florets 25-45; female 8-15 with narrow slender corolla, perfect with funnelform corolla. Stylopodium prominent. Achenes < 1 mm. long, clad in silky hairs; pappus-hairs c. 5 mm long, stiff, slightly thickened at tips.
October - January
December - May
Difficult - should not be removed from the wild
raoulia: Named after Étienne Fiacre Louis Raoul (23 July 1815–30 March 1852) who was a French naval surgeon and naturalist. He published a book Choix de plantes de la Nouvelle-Zélande (“Selected plants of New Zealand”) in 1846. The genus was named after him by Joseph Hooker.
grandiflora: Large flowered
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Description adapted from Allan (1961).
References and further reading
Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I, Government Printer, Wellington.