Vascular – Native
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
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2n = 16
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: DP, Sp
2009 | At Risk – Declining | Qualifiers: DP
2004 | Not Threatened
Low growing prickly shrub with white tubular flowers and small orange fruit to 3.5cm tall inhabiting inland Canterbury and Marlborough valleys. Leaves densely clustered, 1-2mm long (excluding tip and stalk) by 0.5-1.5mm wide, with a prominent sharp tip and a pale edge, underside striped. Flowers around 5mm long, hairy inside.
Endemic. South Island in the east from Marlborough to Otago.
Fleshy drupes are dispersed by frugivory (Thorsen et al., 2009).
leucopogon: White beard (the petals are hairy)
Where To Buy
Not commercially available
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