Phebalium nudum Hook.f.
Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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2n = 32
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) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website. This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants.
Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – an interim threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
- Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017 . 2018. 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. Department of Conservation. Source: NZTCS and licensed by DOC for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.
2017 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Small bushy shrub with narrow finely notched leaves inhabiting the north of the North Island. Leaves 25-45mm long by 5-10mm wide, blunt, often brownish green, margins with many tiny nicks. Flowers white, with many projecting filaments. Fruit dry.
Endemic. Confined to the North Island where it is locally distributed from Te Paki south to Pukenui Hill, Kawhia in the west and the northern Kaimai Range in the east. Rather uncommon south of Auckland and Thames
Drupes are dispersed by ballistic projection and possibly ants (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Can be grown from semi-hardwood cuttings and seed. Cuttings are often hard to strike, and seed can be slow to germinate. Cold sensitive but once established quite hardy. A beautiful shrub which should be more widely grown
Not Threatened but it is heavily browsed by goats over some parts of its range
Where To Buy
Occasionally sold by specialist native plant nurseries.
The fragrant leaves when crushed exude an oil which in some people can cause severe burns if the affected skin is then exposed to strong sunlight. Leionema nudum is the only species of the genus found outside Australia.
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 11: 285-309