Scientific Name:
Leptinella Cass., Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris Series 3, 9: 127 (1822)
Type Taxon:
Leptinella scariosa Cass.

Perennial or rarely facultatively annual, prostrate or rarely suberect. Peduncle axillary, nude or with 1-several reduced bracts. Heads either bisexual with any proportion of pistillate and staminate florets or unisexual or both. Corolla of pistillate florets present, evident, tubular, conical to cylindric, sts compressed, persistent or deciduous, ca. as wide as ovary at anthesis, jointed with ovary, inflated with a hollow space between the outer surface and an inner layer closely surrounding the style. Disk florets seed-sterile, functionally staminate; ovary reduced but evident and demarcated from corolla; style apex an undivided, circular, slightly concave disc. Achene thick, not flat, convex on the dorsal surface at least, not winged but with an obvious or obscure margin, lacking blunt columnar uniseriate hairs on the dorsal and ventral surfaces, rarely with tapering uniseriate hairs on the margins.

[Reproduced from Lloyd (1972, New Zealand J. Bot. 10: 277–372) with permission from The Royal Society of New Zealand.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Leptinella Cass.
Indigenous (Endemic)24
Indigenous (Non-endemic)1
Cassini, H. 1822: Proposition d'un nouveau genre de plantes (Leptinella). Bulletin des Sciences, de la Société Philomatique de Paris Series 3, 9: 127–129.
Lloyd, D.G. 1972: A revision of the New Zealand, Subantarctic, and South American species of Cotula, section Leptinella. New Zealand Journal of Botany 10: 277–372.
Lloyd, D.G.; Webb, C. J. 1987: The reinstatement of Leptinella at generic rank, and the status of the 'Cotuleae' (Asteraceae, Anthemideae). New Zealand Journal of Botany 25: 99–105.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.