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Anaphalioides trinervis (Puatea)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Anaphalioides
Species: A. trinervis
Scientific name: Anaphalioides trinervis
Synonyms: Helichrysum micranthum, Anaphalis keriensis, Anaphalis trinervis, Gnaphalium keriense, Anaphalioides keriensis,Gnaphalium novae-zelandiae, Gnaphalium lyallii, Anaphalis trinervis var. layallii, Gnaphalium adhaerens.
Common names: Puatea, Cudweed

Anaphalioides trinervis is a native perennial herb with a decumbent habit. Its habitat is partially shaded moist banks, such stream sides or the edges of waterfalls.
The leaves (7×15 mm) are a bright green with a prominent midrib and pair of parallel lateral veins. The underside of leaves is a whitish colour.
Inflorescences of about 10 white 1cm straw-like flowers with yellow centres develop on 15 cm stems. Pappate cypselae are dispersed by wind.
Anaphalioides trinervis found in the North Island and halfway down the South Island. It has been reported on the Curtis Falls Track, on the track above Holly Hut, Mt Egmont/Taranaki, at Pukeiti and in several coastal areas in south Taranaki.
The early Maori use to press the leaves for juices which were then applied to bruises.

The next four photos were taken roadside on the Lake Kanere Road, Westcoast. November.








Plant below was photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve, Wellington.early June


Plant below was photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve, Wellington November.


Photographed early November.


Photographed early June


The photo was taken early June.


Photographed inland from Hokitika. Early March.


Ripe seed pods


Leaves with three parallel lateral veins


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