Tauhinu/Cottonwood Ozothamnus leptophyllus
Endemic. Not threatened.
Principally a dry dune species on this coast, and in the Dune Garden sometimes appears in the ephemeral wetland area. There it builds dry islands by accumulating sand, but not as effectively as Pingao and Kōwhangatara. It is found from coastal areas generally up to subalpine regions and can attain a height of over 2m.
One of the pleasant defining characteristics of this endemic species is that when the white flower is fully active, the aroma from the flowers is quite reminiscent of Manuka honey. It is pleasant to be downwind of a large number of these.
It is reputed to be the larval food plant of the endemic moth Homoeosomo anaspoia.