Myrsine divaricata


Myrsine: myrrh
divaricata: spreading or branching at wide angles

Common Name(s)

Weeping matipo, weeping mapou

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Myrsine divaricata A.Cunn.



Brief Description

Common tall shrub often with weeping widely branching twigs bearing small heart-shaped spotted leaves that have a dark blotch at the base. Twigs often curved downwards. Leaves 5-15mm long by 5-10mm wide, in clusters along twigs. Fruit pale purple to black.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs


Endemic. North, South, Stewart and Auckland Islands. Uncommon north of the Waikato.

Flower Colours

Red / Pink

Chromosome No.

2n = 46

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family



This page last updated on 18 Nov 2014