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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Anthemideae
Subtribus: Cotulinae
Genus: Leptinella
Subgenera (3): L. subg. Leptinella – L. subg. Oligoleima – L. subg. Radiata
Overview of species

L. albida – L. altilitoralis – L. atrata – L. calcarea – L. conjuncta – L. dendyi – L. dioica – L. dispersa – L. drummondii – L. featherstonii – L. filicula – L. filiformis – L. goyenii – L. intermedia – L. lanata – L. leptoloba – L. longipes – L. maniototo – L. minor – L. nana – L. pectinata – L. plumosa – L. potentillina – L. pusilla – L. pyrethrifolia – L. reptans – L. rotundata – L. sariwaketensis – L. scariosa – L. serrulata – L. squalida – L. tenella – L. traillii – L. wilhelminensis

Leptinella Cass. (1822)

Type species: L. scariosa Cass.


Cotula sect. Leptinella (Cass.) Hook.f., Handb. N. Zeal. Fl. 140. 1867.


Cassini, A.H.G. de 1822. Bulletin des Sciences par la Societe Philomatique de Paris 1822: 127.
Lloyd, D.G. 1972. A revision of the New Zealand, subantarctic, and South American species of Cotula, section Leptinella. New Zealand Journal of Botany 10(2): 277–372. DOI: 10.1080/0028825X.1972.10429156 Open access. Reference page.
Lloyd, D.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 Open access. Reference page.

Leptinella is a genus[2][3] of alpine flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, 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]


L. albida – New Zealand
L. atrata – Black Daisy – New Zealand
L. calcarea – New Zealand
L. dendyi – New Zealand
L. dioica – New Zealand
L. dispersa – New Zealand
L. drummondii – Western Australia
L. featherstonii – New Zealand incl Chatham Islands
L. filiformis – New Zealand
L. goyenii – New Zealand
L. intermedia – New Zealand
L. intricata – South Africa
L. lanata – New Zealand
L. maniototo – New Zealand
L. membranacea
L. minor – Alpine Brass Buttons – New Zealand
L. nana – New Zealand
L. pectinata – New Zealand
L. peduncularis
L. plumosa – New Zealand, various subantarctic islands
L. potentillina – Chatham Brass Buttons – Chatham Islands
L. pusilla – Purple Brass Buttons – New Zealand
L. pyrethrifolia – New Zealand
L. reptans – South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania
L.rotunda – New Zealand
L. rotundata – New Zealand
L. sarawaketensis – New Guinea
L. scariosa – southern Chile, southern Argentina
L. serrulata – New Zealand
L. squalida – New Zealand
L. traillii – New Zealand
L. wilhelminensis – New Guinea


Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
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
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.
Tropicos, Leptinella Cass.
"Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'". Plant Finder. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
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