Plagianthus divaricatus


Plagianthus: oblique or lop-sided flower (petals uneven at the base)
divaricatus: spreading and interlacing

Common Name(s)

Salt marsh ribbonwood, marsh ribbonwood

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


Plagianthus divaricatus J.R.Forst. et G.Forst.



Brief Description

Bushy tangled shrub with wide-angled thin twigs bearing small very narrow clusters of leaves and small drooping flowers inhabiting estuary areas. Twigs with star-shaped hairs (lens needed). Leaves 5-20mm long by 0.5-2mm wide. Fruit a 5mm wide dry capsule.

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

Flower Colours



Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 42

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


This page last updated on 6 Dec 2014