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Raoulia hookeri

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Raoulia
Species: R. hookeri
Botanical name: Raoulia hookeri

R. hookeri is a small, mat-forming (1m) prostrate evergreen perennial alpine with tiny rosettes of silver leaves. The tiny spoon-shaped leaves (2-4mm) are covered in a silvery tomentum. In summer it bears small, pale yellow-green flowers (4mm across).
Its habitat is high alpine areas 1200 -2000m m.a.s.l. on the mountains of South Canterbury and southwards through Otago.

Photographed at Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve. Wellington.