Species

Carmichaelia petriei

Etymology

Carmichaelia: after Carmichael, a botanist
petriei: Named after Donald Petrei (1846 -1925), Otago botanist

Common Name(s)

desert broom

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

Authority

Carmichaelia petriei Kirk

Family

Fabaceae

Brief Description

Yellowish shrub with untidy erect leafless branches. Branches rounded, 1-3.5mm wide, with long yellow tips. Flowers small, pea-like, pink, in small clusters. Fruit a drooping dry pod containing 1-4 hard mottled seeds.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code

CARPET

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

Synonyms

Carmichaelia petriei var. minor G.Simpson; Carmichaelia ramosa G.Simpson; Carmichaelia virgata Kirk

Flower Colours

Violet / Purple,White

Threats

Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 32

Endemic Taxon

Yes

Endemic Genus

No

Endemic Family

No

Life Cycle and Dispersal

Seeds are possibly dispersed by wind and granivory (Thorsen et al., 2009).

 

 

 

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 23 Sep 2014