Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Current conservation status
The threat classification 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. 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. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: DP, RR, Sp
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: RR
2009 | At Risk – Naturally Uncommon | Qualifiers: DP
2004 | Sparse
Shrub to 80cm tall with reddish twigs bearing pairs of fleshy bright green pointed leaves with a ridge on the underside and hairy white flowers inhabiting the vicinity of the Garvie Ranges, Eyre Mountains and Hump Ridge. Leaves 6-10mm long by 4-6mm wide. Flowers to 9mm long. Fruit dry.
Endemic. South Island, Central Otago and northern Southland. Mainly recorded from the Garvie Range.
Subalpine to alpine, often extending to lower altitudes in distributed habitats. A species of Snow tussock (Chionochloa spp.) grassland with herbs, and also of low shrubland and rocky sites.
Erect much-branched shrub up to 1 m or more tall. All parts except leaf-axils glabrous; branches stout, bark dark red-brown. Leaves close-set, subimbricate, on stout, fleshy petioles up to 1 mm long; lamina erect to subpatent, 6-10 x 4-6 mm, dark green, paler below and more or less keeled, broad-ovate to ovate-oblong, apex obtuse to subacute, abruptly narrowed at base; firmly fleshy, thick and coriaceous; margins distinctly though slightly thickened. Subfloral leaves distinctly membranous and broader than other leaves. Inflorescence in 5-16-flowered heads. Perianth white or pale rose, densely silky-hairy; tube 6-9 mm long, lobes 2-3 mm long, ovate-oblong to oblong. Fruit 2 mm long, ovoid, dark brown to black, hairy at apex.
Morphologically perhaps closest to P. traversii which it closely resembles except that it has red-brown rather than dark-brown to almost black bark, and the leaves are petiolate and close-set to subimbricate rather than quadrifariously imbricating and sessile.
November – March
January – May
Dry achenes are dispersed by wind and possibly ants (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Not known in cultivation. Probably easy from cuttings but difficult to maintain like so many New Zealand Pimelea.
Rather poorly known so its exact distribution is unclear and further field work is needed
pimelea: Pimeleoides means “resembling Pimelea’’, a genus in the family Thymelaeaceae (Greek, -oides = resembling, like).
poppelwellii: After Poppelwell
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Fact Sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange 1 August 2003. Description modified from Allan (1961) but see also Burrows (2008).
References and further reading
Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I. Government Printer, Wellington.
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
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Pimelea poppelwellii Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/pimelea-poppelwellii/ (Date website was queried)