Scientific Name:
Anaphalioides alpina (Cockayne) Glenny, New Zealand J. Bot. 35: 467 (1997)
  • Helichrysum alpinum Cockayne, Veg. N.Z. 283-284 (1928)

Plants prostrate. Stems 2 mm diameter. Branches 34-78 cm long, sparingly to densely alternate, attaching to the soil substrate by roots along the branches; branchlets green distally, internodes 3-5 mm. Leaves patent, turned to face upwards, 6.8-17.5 mm long; 3.4-8.6 mm wide, obovate, apiculus green; upper surface sparsely hairy, veins entering leaf one, margins plane. Flowering stems 26-75 mm long; green, densely hairy, the transition to scape leaves abrupt; scape leaves narrowly obovate, 17 mm long, 1.8 mm wide. Capitulum solitary, 19-25 mm diameter in dried specimens. Receptacle 3.1-3.3 mm diameter; conical, 2.0-3.6 mm high. Outer involucral bracts 7.1- 11.5 mm long; 1.5-2.0 mm wide; gap brown. Inner involucral bracts 6.0-8.5 mm long, 1.0-1.1 mm wide. Hermaphrodite florets 4.2—4.6 mm long; corolla 3.2-3.8 mm long; 1.1 mm wide at the mouth; lobes 0.5 mm long; anthers 2.0 mm long, 0.21 mm wide, apices 0.25 mm long; anther tails 0.6 mm long; style 3.6 mm long; style arms 0.75 mm long; pappus hairs 24-27 per floret, 3.4-3.6 mm long, apical cells clavate. Female florets 3.5-4.3 mm long, corolla 2.9-3.5 mm long; lobes 0.18 mm long; style 3.8 mm long, style arms 0.68 mm long; pappus hairs 23-25 per floret, 2.3-2.5 mm long, apical cells rounded. Achenes 0.80-1.1 mm long, 0.4 mm diameter, hairs moderately dense to sparse, occasionally absent. Florets 173-193, female florets 42-55% of the total.

[Reproduced from Glenny (1997, New Zealand J. Bot. 35: 451-477) with permission from The Royal Society of New Zealand.]

Indigenous (Endemic)
Cockayne, L. 1928: The Vegetation of New Zealand - Die Vegetation der Erde XIV. Edition 2. Engelmann Press, Leipzig.
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]
Glenny, D. 1997: A revision of the genus Anaphalioides (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 35(4): 451–477.
Ward, J.M.; Wilton, A. D.; Glenny, D. S. 1997: Recognition and lectotypification of the name Helichrysum alpinum Cockayne and status of Helichrysum alpinum N.A.Wakef. (Compositae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 35(2): 251–253. [as Helichrysum alpinum Cockayne]