Brachyglottis kirkii var. kirkii

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Brachyglottis kirkii var. kirkii


Brachyglottis: Name comes from the Greek words brachus meaning "short" and glottis meaning "the vocal apparatus of the larynx"
kirkii: after Thomas Kirk (18 January 1828 - 8 March 1898), a NZ botanist and lecturer in natural sciences and regarded as a leader of botanical enquiry in NZ for over three decades. One of his most significant publications was Forest flora of NZ (1889) but he also contributed over 130 papers to the Transactions and Proceedings of the NZ Institute and other journals.

Common Name(s)

Kohurangi, Kirk's daisy

Current Threat Status

2012 - At Risk - Declining

Previous Threat Status

2009 - At Risk - Declining
2004 - Serious Decline


2012 - DP
2009 - DP


Brachyglottis kirkii (Kirk) C.Webb var. kirkii





Brief Description

Fleshy small green usually epiphytic shrub bearing large white daisy-like flowers. Twigs reddish-purple, brittle, with old leaf scars. Leaves, shiny, fleshy, with a few large lobes on margin. Flowers with long white radiating petals around a yellow centre, clustered together.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native


Senecio kirkii var kirkii Hook.f ex Kirk; Urostemon kirkii var. kirkii (Kirk) B.Nord., Senecio neo-zeylandicus Druce, Senecio glastifolius Hook.f. nom. illegit.


Endemic to the North Island. Locally scattered throughout.


An epiphyte of lowland to lower montane forest, sometimes terrestrial.


A spring flowering, usually epiphytic shrub to 1.5 m tall with purple stems and grey bark developed on old wood. Leaves 40 to 100 by 20 to 40 mm, fleshy, variable in shape, usually toothed in upper third, hairless, upper surface pale to dark green, often tinged maroon, undersides paler. Flowers 30 by 40 mm diameter, borne in dense inflorescences of 3 to 20 flowers, the individual daisy-like flowers have white petals (rays). Fruits dry, windborne, dandelion structures.

Similar Taxa

A very distinctive species. However, because it is usually epiphytic and so often well out of reach, plants could be confused with the epiphytic Pittosporum kirkii and P. cornifolium. These pittosporums have leathery leaves, non-daisy like flowers and round fruits which split to reveal hard black seeds embedded within sticky gum.


August to October

Main Flower Colour


Other Flower Colour



October to December

Propagation Technique

Easily grown from fresh seed and semi hardwood cuttings but, as a rule, difficult to maintain in cultivation.


This plant is intolerant of browse and targeted by possums, goats and deer.

Chromosome No.

2n = 60

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


References and further reading

Variation in Senecio kirkii Hook.f. by F.J. Newhook (Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Volume 72, 1942-43)

This page last updated on 19 Dec 2014

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