Kirk’s daisy Brachyglottis kirkii var. kirkii

Key Features

  • Shrub to 1.5 m
  • Sometimes terrestrial but generally an epiphyte.
  • Older stems have grey bark but young branchlets are purple.
  • Leaves are up to 10 cm long and 2-4 cm wide, variable in shape and usually toothed toward the tip. They are green above, often tinged maroon, and paler below.
  • Flower heads are borne in dense clusters, with flowers having white petals.
  • The fruit is dry and fluffy for wind dispersal.

Distribution and Habitat

  • North Island, scattered populations in lowland to montane forest.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Browsing by possums, goats and deer.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Pest control by poisoning, trapping and hunting.
  • Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species. It is often overlooked because of its epiphytic habit.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • Pest control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.