Illustrated Guide to
of New Zealand
Weeds of New Zealand
by Ian Popay, Paul Champion & Trevor James
ISBN 0 473 09760 5
by kind permission of the
Zealand Plant Protection Society
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of the publication Common Weeds of New Zealand must always
Available from Touchwood
perennial daisy up to 30 cm tall. Flowers very similar to those
of common daisy, but leaves small, narrow and pleasant-smelling
- Flowers Very
similar to the daisy Bellis perennis. Pink, 15-25 mm
in diameter, with pink- or red-tipped ray florets and yellow disk
florets. Solitary or in few-flowered clusters. Flowers Sep-May.
- Fruit Sparsely
hairy achenes (seeds) 1-1.4 mm long, with a single row of long-haired
- Leaves Small,
narrow, elliptical upper leaves. Lower leaves are often three-lobed.
Pleasant-smelling when crushed.
- Stems Long,
thin, ribbed, sparsely-hairy to smooth, rooting, sprawling, up
to 70 cm long.
Rock walls, stony places,
dry waste places, road-sides, stream-sides and scrub.
Garden escape now common
in NI. Occasional in SI in Nelson, Marlborough, Westland, Canterbury
and Otago. Originally from Mexico.
Listed on the National
Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).
of botanical name
= early old man, referring to fluffy, white seed heads; karvinskianus
after Wilhelm Friedrich Karwinski von Karwin, 19th cent.