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'Joseph Armstrong' S elaeagnifolius Hook f var

Synonyms
buchananii Hort., not (Armstr.) Kirk

A low-growing variant 3 to 4 ft high. Leaves very thick, 2 to 3{1/2} in. long, 1 to 1{3/8} in. wide; stalks {3/4} to 1{1/2} in. long; veins very distinct above, the principal ones often whitened, especially at their confluence.S. buchananii Armstr., not Hort. Brachyglottis buchananii (Armstr.) B. Nord.; S. bennettii Simps. & Thoms. – Like S. elaeagnifolius, but leaves thinner, more flexible, with a thinner silvery-white felt beneath; inflorescence-branches rather more slender and involucral scales rather less blunt.Native of the South Island of New Zealand, where it is rather common in montane forest and scrub, and formerly included within S. elaeagnifolius. Some of the plants in cultivation in the British Isles under S. elaeagnifolius perhaps belong here, but the classification of the rayless New Zealand species is yet to be fully worked out.S. bidwillii Hook. f. Brachyglottis bidwillii (Hook. f.) B. Nord. – A compactly branched evergreen shrub 1 to 3{1/2} ft tall, distinguished from the other rayless species by the smaller, very thick, elliptic-oblong or ovate-oblong leaves, {3/4} to 1 in. long, {3/8} to {5/8} in. wide, on short stalks {1/6} to {3/4} in. long; basal lateral veins relatively stronger than the others.A native of New Zealand, not uncommon in montane and submontane scrub. Typical S. bidwillii is confined to the North Island; in the South Island it is replaced by var. viridis (Kirk) Cheesem., which tends to have a taller, rather more slender habit and larger leaves 1{1/3} to 3 in. long, {5/8} to 1 in. wide.

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