Scientific Name:
Celmisia holosericea (G.Forst.) Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. I. (Fl. Antarct.) Part I, 36 (1844)
  • Aster holosericeus G.Forst., Fl. Ins. Austr. 56 (1786)
Type: New Zealand. In Nova Zelandia, ad rupes muscosas in Dusky Bay (lectotype P 711339 designated by Saldivia 2023

Large tufted herb with lvs all radical, sheaths imbricate around stout stem. Lamina (12)–15–20–(30) × (2.5)–4–5–(6·5) cm., coriac., oblong-to elliptic-lanceolate; upper surface glab.; lower surface densely clad in closely appressed white satiny tomentum, midrib prominent, dark; apex acute to subacuminate, us. distinctly apiculate; margins flat, rather distantly denticulate, narrowed to base or very short broad petiole. Sheath ± 4 × 1·5 cm., coriac., glab., ribbed. Scape stout to rather slender, angled or flattened, ± 18–30–(60) cm. long. Bracts linear-subulate, c. 25–35 mm. long (outer up to 50 mm.). Capitula (5)–6–7 cm. diam., subtending bracts similar to upper scape-bracts. Phyll. 10–15–(25) mm. long; inner narrow, glab., glandular-pubescent; outer broader, lanceolate, tomentose without. Ray-florets ∞, c. 25 mm. long, narrow; limb gradually widening to obtuse 3-toothed apex. Disk-florets tubular to funnelform, c. 7–8 mm. long. Achenes 5–6 mm. long, obovoid-compressed to subfusiform, densely clad in short ascending hairs. Pappus-hairs c. 5–7 mm. long, white to sordid-white, becoming rufous.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Endemic)
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. [Declining]
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]
Forster, J.G.A. 1786: Florulae Insularum Australium Prodromus. Dietrich, Göttingen.
Hooker, J.D. 1844–1845: The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. Discovery Ships Erebus and Terror in the Years 1839–1843, under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross. I. Flora Antarctica. Part I. Botany of Lord Auckland’s Group and Campbell’s Island. Reeve, Brothers, London.
Saldivia, P. 2023: Nomenclature and typifications in Celmisia (Asteraceae: Astereae): The New Zealand endemic subgenera Caespitosae, Glandulosae, and Lignosae. Phytotaxa 591(1): 31–45.