Scientific Name:
Acaena profundeincisa (Bitter) B.H.Macmill., New Zealand J. Bot. 21: 347 (1983)
  • Acaena sanguisorbae subsp. profundeincisa Bitter, Biblioth. Bot. 74: 270 (1911)
  • = Acaena sanguisorbae var. sericeinitens Bitter, Biblioth. Bot. 74: 271 (1911)
  • Acaena anserinifolia var. sericeinitens (Bitter) Allan, Fl. New Zealand 1, 361 (1961)
  • = Acaena sanguisorbae var. diminuta Bitter, Feddes Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10: 496 (1912)
  • = Acaena sanguisorbae var. paucidens Bitter, Feddes Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10: 496 (1912)
  • Acaena anserinifolia var. paucidens (Bitter) Allan, Fl. New Zealand 1, 362 (1961)
Vernacular Name(s):

Stoloniferous perennial; prostrate stems 1–1.5 mm diam., < 30 cm long; erect stems 1–1.5 mm diam., < 10 cm long. Lvs 1.5–3.5–(9) cm long; stipules usually 3–5-fid, occasionally entire, red; leaflets 7–13, suboblong to suborbicular, 4–10–(20) × 2.5–7–(10), 5–11-toothed to base, green, subglaucous or ashy grey and sparsely to densely hairy on upper surface, glaucous and pilose on lower surface; basal leaflets often red; teeth deeply incised, penicillate, red. Scape (2)–8–12 cm long, pilose; capitulum 6–9 mm diam. at flowering, 10–15 mm diam. (including spines) at fruiting; florets c. 40–50; sepals 4; stamens 2; anthers red; style 1, rose; achene 1. Fr. obconic, c. 3 × 1.5 mm, densely hairy; spines 4, pale brown, c. 5 mm long, barbed.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Dec.–Feb.; Fruiting: Feb.–Mar.

Bitter, G. 1911: Die Gattung Acaena. Vorstudien zu einer Monographie. Bibliotheca Botanica 74: 249–336.
Bitter, G. 1912: Weitere Untersuchungen Über die Gattung Acaena. Feddes Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 10: 489–507.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Macmillan, B.H. 1983: Acaena profundeincisa (Bitter) B. H. Macmillan comb. nov. (Rosaceae) of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 21: 347–352.