Scientific Name:
Ourisia caespitosa Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. II. (Fl. Nov.-Zel.) Part I, 198 (1853)
  • = Ourisia caespitosa var. gracilis Hook.f., Handb. New Zealand Fl. 738 (1867)
Vernacular Name(s):
Creeping mountain fox glove

Stem prostrate and rooting at nodes, much and often closely branched, c. 2 mm. diam., glab. or with some retrorse hairs. Lvs us. crowded, often distichously arranged; lamina coriac. to almost fleshy, broad- to narrow-spathulate to almost oblong, with 0–1–2–(3) notches on each side, glab., margins slightly thickened or revolute; petiole < lamina, the wide membr. wing fringed with long hairs. Peduncle erect, up to 10 cm. tall, glab. Bracts in 1–3–(4) pairs, narrow, subentire or notched. Pedicels > fls glab. Calyx split anteriorally almost to base, the other clefts us. shorter; lobes broad, obtuse to retuse, entire, glab. Corolla glab. outside.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)
Arroyo, M.T.K. 1984: New species and combinations in Ourisia (Scrophulariaceae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 22: 447–463.
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]
Hooker, J.D. 1852–1853 ("1853"): 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. II. Flora Novae-Zelandiae. Part I. Flowering plants. Lovell Reeve, London.
Hooker, J.D. 1867: Handbook of the New Zealand Flora: a systematic description of the native plants of New Zealand and the Chatham, Kermadec's, Lord Auckland's, Campbell's, and Macquarrie's Islands. Part II. Reeve, London.