- A shrub to 5 m tall, with interlaced, more or less leafless, grey-green, whiplike branches.
- Branchlet surfaces are covered in small, white pits.
- Leaves, if present, are linear, about 1-2 cm long, and may be slightly toothed.
- Flowers are small, (2-3 mm) yellow, and fragrant.
Distribution and Habitat
- Central North Island, widespread in the South Island.
- Forest margins or in shrublands on fertile, frosty or droughty valley floor sites.
- Habitat modification and loss.
- Recruitment failure due to competition with weeds and grasses, and browse by stock, rabbits and hares.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protection of habitat – avoid afforestation of known sites.
- Collect seed for propagation and re-establishment at appropriate sites.
- Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.
- Check existing populations annually
- Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN
Further Information and Support
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz
- Pest control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
- Dopson et al. (1999). The conservation requirements of New Zealand’s nationally threatened vascular plants. Threatened Species Occasional Publication 13. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
- Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.
- Wilson & Galloway (1993). Small-leaved shrubs of New Zealand. Manuka Press, Christchurch.
- Wilson & Given (1989). Threatened plants of New Zealand. DSIR Publishing, Wellington.
- Molloy, B.P.J. and Druce, A.P. (1994). A new species name in Melicytus (Violaceae) from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany32: 113–11 8.