The genus Robinsonia of the Asteraceae family is vaguely similar to the Celmisias of New Zealand. This species is endemic to Robinson Crusoe Island, one of the Juan Fernandez Islands in the southeast Pacific off the coast of Chile. Other Robinsonias were driven to supposed extinction because they were ruthlessly over collected for their resinous qualities which were used as incense. Robinsonia gayana is a dioecious, shrub, with rosette like leaf clusters at the tips of the sparsely branching stems. The flowers are brilliant yellow. A rare and and unique species with enormous ornamental potential for cool, moist climates.