Alseuosmia banksii var. banksii


Alseuosmia: perfume grove
banksii: Named after Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (24 February 1743 - 19 June 1820) was an English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences.

Common Name(s)

None known

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


Alseuosmia banksii A.Cunn. var. banksii



Brief Description

Shrub of Northland forests. Leaves vary, <3cm long, red spotted, with uneven large teeth on margin. Young twigs downy. Flower white, tubular, drooping, inconspicuous. Fruit fleshy, red.

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 Island only from Te Paki to the near the northern margin of Auckland City.

Flower Colours


Propagation Technique

Easy from cuttings but very hard to maintain once rooted. Seed is very difficult to germinate. Does best in a semi-shaded site but difficult to maintain.


Not Threatened. However, highly palatable to browsing animals, so rarely seen in places frequented by goats, cattle, sheep, or horses.

Chromosome No.

2n = 18

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family




This page last updated on 6 Dec 2014