Arthropodium: From the Greek words arthron 'joint' and pous 'foot', referring to the jointed floral foot stalks.
bifurcatum: From the Latin bi- 'two' and furcus 'fork', meaning two-pronged
bifurcatum: split into two or forked
Current Conservation Status
2012 - At Risk - Relict
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 - At Risk - Relict
2004 - Not Threatened
2012 - PD
2009 - PD
Arthropodium bifurcatum Heenan, A.Mitchell et de Lange
Vascular - Native
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.
2n = 44
Life Cycle and Dispersal
Seeds are dispersed by wind (Thorsen et al., 2009)
Where To Buy
Common in cultivation and widely available from most nurseries under the cultivar names A. cirratum cv. White Knight or cv. Matapouri Bay.
References and further reading
Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2009 Vol. 11 No. 4 pp. 285-309
This page last updated on 10 May 2014