Haastia loganii, Buch., n.s.
A small soft patch plant, forming little cushions on the ground or rocks, 6–12 inches across, and covered with soft, pale greenish-white wool, branches with the leaves on ⅓ inch diameter. Leaves ¼ inch long, entire, obovate or oblong, rounded at the tip or slightly cuneate, membraneous, 3-nerved, the nerves branching from near the bottom, recurved, arranged in several series, and hidden by the soft woolly hairs, which form a patch on the inner surface above the middle, and entirely covering the back. Heads ⅕ inch diameter, 40–50-flowered, involucral scales numerous, in several series, narrow-linear, obtuse, entire or with scarious tips, and with a small tuft of hairs on the middle of the back. Florets reddish, of two series, bisexual and pistiliferous, the first numerous, widening at the mouth, arms of style short, anthers without tails, the second with the corolla very short, tubular, mouth crenulate, styles with long exserted arms which are pappillose at the tip; pappus of 1 series of rigid hairs, free below, very much thickened at the tip and often incised. Achene compressed, linear, and covered with long silky hairs.
Hab.—Mount Holdsworth, Tararua Range, North Island, 4,500 feet alt., 1882.
Plate XXX., fig. 3, plant nat. size; 3 a, 3 b, leaves, back and front views; 3 c, floret; 3 d, scale; 3 e, pappus hair, much enlarged.
A very distinct little species, much smaller than Haastia pulvinaris, covered with soft, white, cottony wool, and with long silky hairs on the achene.
Named in honour of H. F. Logan, whose zeal in botanical science has added much to our knowledge of the flora of the North Island.