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Raoulia glabra (Mat daisy)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Raoulia
Species: R. glabra
Scientific name: Raoulia glabra
Common name: Mat daisy

Raoulia glabra is a native plant that forms 2.5cm high fairly loose, apple-green mats 20-30cm across. It found from lowland to low alpine elevations (1300 masl) on open, stony or rocky sites, including gravelly moraines. In the North Island it is found on Mt Egmont/Taranaki and from the Ruahine Range southwards. It grows in most of the wetter areas of the South Island.
The tiny, green, glabrous leaves leaves are 3-5mm by 1mm.
The flowers are small cream/whitish heads that are surrounded by papery bracts which have less prominent pointed tips.
Photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve, Wellington