Melicytus lanceolatus


Melicytus: From the Greek meli (honey) and kytos (hollow container), referring to the staminal nectaries of the flowers. Literally "honey-cave"
lanceolatus: shaped like a small lance head

Common Name(s)

Narrow-leaved mahoe, mahoe-wao

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


Melicytus lanceolatus Hook.f.



Brief Description

Small bushy tree bearing many down-curving narrow tough leaves inhabiting higher rainfall areas. Leaves 5-16cm long by 0.5-2cm wide, on a short stem. Flowers are small with yellow or dark purple petals and scattered in groups along the twig. Fruit purple.

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


Melicytus lanceolatus Hook.f. var. lanceolatus, Melicytus lanceolatus var. latior G.Simpson et J.S.Thomson

Flower Colours

Violet / Purple


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 32

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family




This page last updated on 6 Dec 2014