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Leucogenes leontopodium (North Island edelweiss)

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Leucogenes
Species: L. leontopodium
Common name: North Island edelweiss

Leucogenes leontopodium is a perennial herb with a woody base, growing to 10–15 cm. The leaves are 1–2 cm long and are densely covered in silky hairs. Clusters of 8–15 flowers are surrounded woolly bracts, summer. It is found in rock outcrops and crevices in the mountains of the North Island and the Richmond Range of South Island, New Zealand.

Photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve.  

Flowering November.