Scientific Name:
Celmisia Cass., Dict. Sci. Nat. 37: 259 (1825), nom. cons.
Type Taxon:
Celmisia longifolia Cass.
Vernacular Name(s):
Mountain daisy; Snow daisy

Capitula solitary on bracted scapes (occ. forms may be found with branched scapes). Phyll. us. ∞, imbricate in several to occ. rather many series, narrow; receptacle pitted, sts strongly so, ± convex. Ray-florets pistillate, us. in 1 row, often ∞; limb white, rarely flushed lilac to pale mauve or very pale yellow. Disk-florets perfect, ∞, corolla funnelform to tubular, 5-toothed, yellow (purple in , or apparently very rarely very pale yellow). Anthers ± sagittate, tails, if present, very short. Style-arms flattened, apically appendaged. Achenes us. ± narrow-cylindric and ribbed, hairy to glab.; pappus of us. ∞ unequal strongly to weakly barbellate hairs. Perennial herbs or subshrubs of diverse habit; lvs densely tufted or imbricate along branches; us. tomentose, at least on lower surface, petioled or lamina passing almost directly into a persistent sheath.

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

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Celmisia Cass.
Indigenous (Endemic)61
Cassini, A. H. G. 1825: Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles 37
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.