Anaphalioides trinervis (Puatea)
Species: A. trinervis
Scientific name: Anaphalioides trinervis
Synonyms: Helichrysum micranthum, Anaphalis keriensis, Anaphalis trinervis, Gnaphalium keriense, Anaphalioides keriensis,Gnaphalium novae-zelandiae, Gnaphalium lyallii, Anaphalis trinervis var. layallii, Gnaphalium adhaerens.
Common names: Puatea, Cudweed
Anaphalioides trinervis is a native perennial herb with a decumbent habit. Its habitat is partially shaded moist banks, such stream sides or the edges of waterfalls.
The leaves (7×15 mm) are a bright green with a prominent midrib and pair of parallel lateral veins. The underside of leaves is a whitish colour.
Inflorescences of about 10 white 1cm straw-like flowers with yellow centres develop on 15 cm stems. Pappate cypselae are dispersed by wind.
Anaphalioides trinervis found in the North Island and halfway down the South Island. It has been reported on the Curtis Falls Track, on the track above Holly Hut, Mt Egmont/Taranaki, at Pukeiti and in several coastal areas in south Taranaki.
The early Maori use to press the leaves for juices which were then applied to bruises.
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