Streamside tree daisy Olearia cheesemanii

Key Features

  • A shrub or small tree to 4 m, with flaky bark and grooved, downy branchlets.
  • The lance-shaped leaves are up to 10 cm long, dark green above and pale brown below.
  • Dense inflorescences of small, daisy flowers with white rays and yellow centres are produced near the branch tips.

Distribution and Habitat

  • North and South Islands. From Coromandel south in the North Island, and west of the Main Divide in the South Island.
  • Lowland streamsides along forest margins.


  • Habitat modification and loss.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat – avoid afforestation of known sites, retain riparian vegetation.
  • Propagate and re-establish in appropriate sites.
  • Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.

Monitoring Options

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

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • References:
    • Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.
    • Salmon (1986). A field guide to the native trees of New Zealand. Reed Methuen, Auckland.