Art. LXIII.—Description of a new Species of Celmisia.
[Read before the Wellington Philosophical Society, 11th January, 1879.]
Celmisia cordatifolia, n. s.
Leaves entire, with the petiole 6–8 inches long, 2 inches broad, obtuse or acute at tip, and cordate at the base, thickly covered below with rusty brown tomentum, glabrous and dull green above in old leaves, and in young leaves sprinkled with white silky hairs, which are more abundant at base and on midrib; petiole and petiolar sheath ribbed, covered and fringed with pale brown tomentum; inner surface glabrous, purple. Scape 10–12 inches high, with long linear bracts, the whole covered with rusty brown tomentum, which often disappears on the bracts after flowering, leaving terminal tufts. Head 1 ½ inches in diameter; involucral scales numerous, in two series, outer series with terminal tufts of rusty-brown Lomentum; rays narrow, ¾ inch long; pappus ¼ inch long; achene large, glabrous.
Collected by Mr. A. McKay, January, 1879, on Mount Starvation, Nelson.
This species, in its general appearance, shows an evident relationship to Celmisia traversii, but the cordate leaves which present the first departure from the normal leaf-form of Celmisia, is thought sufficient to constitute a new species.
Description of Plate XVIII.
Plant two-thirds natural size; head past flowering.
1. Female floret of ray.
2. Hermaphrodite floret of disk, with achene and papus,
3. Pappus hair more magnified.