Lagenophora emphysopus, Hook. f.
This plant was brought under my notice as a native of the colony by Mr. W. H. Field, a student of Wellington College, who discovered it on hills near Evans Bay; shortly afterwards it was obtained at Paikakariki by Mr.
H. B. Kirk; and I had the pleasure of collecting it in a third locality, near this city. The following are its chief characteristics:—
Root of stout fleshy fibres. Leaves all radical, tufted, oblong or obovate, obtuse, narrowed at the base into a short broad petiole, obscurely toothed or crenate; hirsute or pubescent. Scapes numerous, stout, grooved, hirsute, longer than the leaves, usually constricted immediately beneath the head, ebracteate, or with a short leafy bract. Head 2–3 lines in diameter; involucral scales obtuse, with membranous margins. Ray florets scarcely longer than the involucral scales, always (?) tubular. Achenes of the ray flattened, glabrous, narrowed at both ends; of the disc abortive.
This species approaches L. lanata, Hook. f., in its general characters, but the heads are even less conspicuous than in that species, the florets being much shorter and the scapes very stout.
Our plant differs from Australian specimens in the scapes being much longer than the leaves, and in the ray florets being always tubular, at least in all the specimens I have examined. Bentham describes the ray florets of the Australian plant as “tubular in bud, but opening out into a short concave 2 or 3-toothed ligula.” I have not met with any trace of a ligula, but it should be mentioned that all my specimens were collected very early in the season.
It is the Solenogyne bellioides, Sond., of Baron von Müeller's Illustrations of the Plants of Victoria, t. 37.