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Botanical name:  Olearia furfuracea
Maori name:  Akepiro
Common name:  Tree daisy
Height:  5 metres

Olearia - akepiro

Akepiro is found growing in scrubland and along steamsides in the upper half of the North Island. It forms a bushy small tree with leathery dark green leaves which often have toothed margins. The leaves' undersides have a dense, light brown covering of short hairs called tomentum. Flowering occurs from mid-spring to mid-summer with many flower heads composed of 5-12 small white florets. Seeds with tufts of hair are formed in late summer:they are wind dispersed.

The genus Olearia contains about 180 species which are found in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. New Zealand has 32 endemic species.

Olearia is the Latinised name of a German botanist. Furfuracea means bran-like or scurfy, describing the tomentum on the leaves' undersides.

Photographs: seed heads (above) by Neil Davies © and flowers (left) by Warren Brewer ©