Vascular – Exotic
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.
Evergreen shrub to about 2 m high. Leaves to about 5 x 2 cm, glabrous on both sides, shining above and pale green below. Leaf margins almost entire but with faint teeth and a small spike at the end. White flowers produced in small clusters, followed by red or orange-red globbose fruit to 6 mm wide.
Can easily be separated from P. angustifolia as it has larger leaves that are glabrous on the undersurface. Easily confused with P. crenulata, but P. crenatoserrata has broader leaves with teeth confined to the distal part of the leaf.
October, November, December
May, June, July, August
Reason For Introduction
People and birds.