Celmisia gracilenta (Common mountain daisy)
Species: C. gracilenta var.
Binomial name: Celmisia gracilenta
Common names: Common mountain daisy, Pekapeka
Celmisia gracilenta is an endemic tufted celmisia, formed of many slender pseudostems. The linear leaves are erect to prostrate and are >10cm long with recurved margins. The upper surface is green with a silvery pellicle. The leaves underside are covered in white felty pilose.
The funnel shaped flower heads (>3 cm wide) are on slender white stems > 20cm long. Pappate cypselae are dispersed by wind.
Celmisia gracilenta is found in a variety of mountain habitats >1700 metres in both the North and South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand. It is found on Mt Egmont/Taranaki.
This Celmisia gracilenta var. was photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve.
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