Erechtites glabrescens Kirk nom. illegit., Erechtites prenanthoides var. â minor Hook.f., Erechtites wairauensis (Belcher) Allan var. wairauensis, Erechtites wairauensis var. robusta Allan
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledonous composites
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2n = 40
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 | Not Threatened
Endemic. North, South and Stewart Islands
Usually montane to alpine as a ground plant in forest, scrub or in open ground. Also common along stream sides, lake margins and in bogs. May also grow in tussock grassland. In the southern part of its range it also grows near the coast.
Easy from fresh seed. Can become invasive. Not an overly interesting or attractive garden subject.
senecio: From the Latin senex ‘old man’ (probably referring to the bearded seeds)
wairauensis: Of the Wairau Valley
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A very variable species buit several well marked races which probably warrant formal taxonomic rank. There is some independent support for this based on nrDNA ITS sequences