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Raoulia subsericea (Turf mat daisy)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Raoulia
Scientific name: Raoulia subsericea
Common name: Turf mat daisy

Raoulia subsericea is a native, prostrate alpine plant which is a member of Scabweeds (Genus Raoulia). It is widespread in the South Islands in all but the wettest mountains at altitudes of 400-1500m. Its habitat is tussock grasslands.
It has been reported once in 1970 by a Mrs Rainforth, a member of the Wellington Botanical Society, on the west face of a ridge at 305 m.a.s.l. in the hills above Ngaio, Wellington. The grid reference is N164 310261.
It forms loose mats of coarse grey green leaves. The leaves undersides are thinly coated in tomentum.
The flower heads (7-10mm across) are prominent and are surrounded by papery, straw-coloured petal-like scales with blunt white tips.