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Alpine shrub ID - Kaikoura Range

Dana Dopleach
(Non-member from Christchurch City)
2/01/2019 9:46:55 a.m.
Found in scree shrub land just below Kowhai Saddle in the coastal Kaikoura Range, growing with Three Finger (Pseudopanax colensoi var ternatum), Dracophyllum longifolium, and other mountain scrub shrubs.

Leaves small and succulent looking until looked at the base of the leaves to find that really the leaves are tightly curled, forming a succulent appearance. The bark is gray and flaking off in long jagged strips, giving a shaggy, dead wood appearance despite being covered in leaves and clearly thriving.
Andrew Jackett
(Non-member from Tasman District)
2/01/2019 6:33:39 p.m.
Try Olearia cymbifolia. http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1049 The strongly recurved leaves gave the show away that it would be that one. Nice find.
Dana Dopleach
(Non-member from Christchurch City)
3/01/2019 7:21:54 a.m.
Thank you so much! That looks like the species!
7/01/2019 9:22:09 p.m.
Yes Andrew is correct this is Olearia cymbifolia.
Dana Dopleach
(Non-member from Christchurch City)
8/01/2019 10:01:56 a.m.
Thanks Peter & Andrew!

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