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Celmisia hieracifolia (Sticky stalked daisy)

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Celmisia
Species: C. hieracifolia
Binomial name: Celmisia hieracifolia
Common names: Sticky stalked daisy

Celmisia hieracifolia is a simple tufted daisy occurring usually as single rosette. Their wavy leathery leaves are >12cm long and >2cm wide and have slightly tooth margins with a dull green upper surface that is slightly sticky while underneath they are a white-buff colour with tomentose.
In December to February Celmisia hieracifolia produces white flowers with yellow centres which are 3 to 4 cm across and are on 5-25cm long sticky glandular hairy stalks.
It is a variable species due in part to hybridism. It habitat is in snow tussock-herbfields usually in areas that is more open. Found in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Photographed at Otari Wuilton Bush Reserve.