Raoulia eximia

Raoulia eximia photographed at the Morse Garden, Christchurch, New Zealand

Raoulia eximia is a shrub that forms tight grey-white mounds up to 24 in (60 cm) high, and 5 ft (1.5 m) across. The tiny leaves are covered in hairs, which trap moisture from night-time fogs. The tiny flowerheads are buried amongst the leaves.

Raoulia eximia is found in high alpine areas to the east of the Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand. Raoulia eximia is often called vegetable sheep, due to its resemblance to a sheep, from a distance.

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