māhoe-wao, narrow-leaved māhoe
Melicytus lanceolatus Hook.f. var. lanceolatus, Melicytus lanceolatus var. latior G.Simpson et J.S.Thomson
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). 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 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
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.
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