Viscum clavatum Kirk, Korthalsella kindsayi var. clavata (Kirk) Danser
Vascular – Native
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
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2n = 28
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.
2018 | At Risk – Declining
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: Sp
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Flattened beaded succulent very small (to 8cm) shrub growing on twigs of another plant. Leaves (flattened stems) 5-10mm long by 1.5-3.5mm wide, widest towards tip. Flowers tiny, fruit small, green, on short spike.
Endemic. North and South Islands from near Whakamaru south to Cape Turakirae and the Wairarapa. In the South Island throughout, though notably more common in the east.
Coastal to subalpine. Usually found parasitising shrubs within grey scrub communities, also found on shrubs and trees within montane alluvial forest. No clear host preference is as yet evident, though regional patterns may exist (this needs study).
October - March
October - June
Fleshy berries are dispersed by ballistic projection, attachment and possibly frugivory (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Difficult - should not be removed from the wild
korthalsella: After Korthals, botanist
clavata: From the Latin clavatus ‘club-shaped’
Where To Buy
Not commercially available.
References and further reading
Nickrent, D.L.; Malécot, V.; Vidal-Russell, R.; Der, J.P. 2010: A revised classification of Santalales. Taxon 59: 538-558.
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 11: 285-309