Senecio matatini subsp. toa
Senecio glaucophyllus subsp. raoulii (Hook.f.) Ornduff, S. lautus var. raouli Hook.f., S. lautus var. montanus Cheeseman, Senecio glaucophyllus subsp. toa C.J.Webb
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledonous composites
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2n = 100
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 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: DP
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Endemic. North Island from the Huiarau south to the Ruahine Range, also locally present along the Lake Taupo shoreline. South Island, Marlborough and northern Canterbury.
Easy from fresh seed and semi-hardwood cuttings. Prefers a sunny aspect, and a free draining but damp soil. Probably best in apot.
senecio: From the Latin senex ‘old man’ (probably referring to the bearded seeds)
matatini: Te reo Māori adjective for ‘complicated’ and both an adjective and noun for ‘composite’ and ‘complex’. It alludes to the complicated nature of the historical and current taxonomy of the Senecio glaucophyllus complex, and to the daisy family to which it belongs
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Part of the Senecio glaucophyllus complex, of which S. matatini is one representitive, was revised by Liew et al. 2021. For more information on the group please refer to this paper (reference below)
References and further reading
Liew, C.-S.; Courtney, S.P,; de Lange, P.J.; Pelser, P.B. 2021: Taxonomic realignment of Senecio glaucophyllus (Asteraceae; Senecioneae) necessitates a new name for a widespread New Zealand species. New Zealand Journal of Botany 59(3): 376–396.
Ornduff, R. 1960: An interpretation of the Senecio lautus complex in New Zealand. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand 88: 63-77.
Webb CJ, Sykes WR, Garnock-Jones PJ 1988. Flora of New Zealand. Vol. IV. Botany Division, DSIR, Christchurch