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Leptinella gruveri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Anthemideae[1]
Genus: Leptinella
  • Cotula sect. Leptinella (Cass.) Hook.f.
  • Symphyomera Hook.f.

Leptinella is a genus[2][3] of alpine flowering plant in the Asteraceae family, comprising 33 species, distributed in New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America. Many of the species are endemic to New Zealand.[3][4]

For over 100 years, Leptinella species were considered part of the genus Cotula, but the genus Leptinella was reinstated by Lloyd & Webb in 1987.[3] They determined that all species of Leptinella are distinguished from those of the other two sections of Cotula, and other Anthemideae, by the conspicuous "inflated" corollas of the female florets and by chromosome numbers based on x = 26 where known.[3]

Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black' is a form cultivated as a garden plant, and is used for ground cover and as a component in tapestry lawns.[5]

  1. L. albida – New Zealand
  2. L. atrata – Black Daisy – New Zealand
  3. L. calcarea – New Zealand
  4. L. dendyi – New Zealand
  5. L. dioica – New Zealand
  6. L. dispersa – New Zealand
  7. L. drummondii – Western Australia
  8. L. featherstonii – New Zealand incl Chatham Islands
  9. L. filiformis – New Zealand
  10. L. goyenii – New Zealand
  11. L. intermedia – New Zealand
  12. L. intricata – South Africa
  13. L. lanata – New Zealand
  14. L. maniototo – New Zealand
  15. L. membranacea
  16. L. minor – Alpine Brass Buttons – New Zealand
  17. L. nana – New Zealand
  18. L. pectinata – New Zealand
  19. L. peduncularis
  20. L. plumosa – New Zealand, various subantarctic islands
  21. L. potentillina – Chatham Brass Buttons – Chatham Islands
  22. L. pusilla – Purple Brass Buttons – New Zealand
  23. L. pyrethrifolia – New Zealand
  24. L. reptans – South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania
  25. L.rotunda – New Zealand
  26. L. rotundata – New Zealand
  27. L. sarawaketensis – New Guinea
  28. L. scariosa – southern Chile, southern Argentina
  29. L. serrulata – New Zealand
  30. L. squalida – New Zealand
  31. L. traillii – New Zealand
  32. L. wilhelminensisNew Guinea


  1. ^ a b c Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  2. ^ Cassini, Alexandre Henri Gabriel de. 1822. Bulletin des Sciences, par la Societe Philomatique 1822: 127-129 generic description in Latin, specific descriptions and commentary in French
  3. ^ a b c d Lloyd, David G.; Webb, C. J. (1987). "The reinstatement of Leptinella at generic rank, and the status of the 'Cotuleae' (Asteraceae, Anthemideae)". New Zealand Journal of Botany. 25 (1): 99–105. doi:10.1080/0028825X.1987.10409959. 
  4. ^ Tropicos, Leptinella Cass.
  5. ^ "Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'". Plant Finder. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  6. ^ The Plant List search for Leptinella

External links[edit]

Data related to Leptinella at Wikispecies Media related to Leptinella at Wikimedia Commons