Coriaria arborea var. kermadecensis
Vascular – Native
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
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2n = 40
Current conservation status
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley.
2012 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: IE, OL
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: IE
2004 | Range Restricted
Common robust much branched large shrub inhabiting disturbed areas on the Kermadec Islands. Twigs square in cross-section, bearing pairs of 45-55mm long glossy green oval leaves that do not have a leaf stalk. Flowers in drooping spikes up to 15cm long.
Endemic. Kermadec Island group, Raoul Island only
Widespread in open seral habitats and disturbed ground.
Throughout the year
Throughout the year
Easily grown fresh fresh seed and suckers. Fast growing but cold sensitive. Plants are a much lighter green than C. arborea R.Linds. var. arborea.
Not Threatened. Listed because it is a narrow range endemic abundant within its only known habitat.
coriaria: From the Latin corium ‘hide’, possibly from the use of some species for tanning leather
arborea: From the Latin arbor ‘tree’, meaning tree-like
kermadecensis: From the Kermadec Islands
All Coriaria species are poisonous especially the seed inside the black berries. Click on this link for more information about Poisonous native plants.
Very doubtfully distinct from C. arborea var. arborea - plants sourced from Raoul Island held in cultivation in New Zealand are virtually indistinguishable from var. arborea (they have a lighter green coloured leaf).