- Stout spreading tree up to 10 m tall.
- Pairs of leathery wavy leaves that are 5-11 cm long, dark green and glossy above, and pale green underneath.
- Flowers 2.5-2.9 mm diameter, greenish to greenish-yellow, and without petals. The species name apetala refers to the lack of petals.
- Fruit purplish, oval, 10-18 mm long, in loose clusters.
Distribution and Habitat
- Nestegis apetala inhabits the exposed margins of coastal forest, talus slopes, exposed ridgelines, rocky slopes, cliff faces, and closed forest (as a minor subcanopy component) in the northern North Island, including northern offshore islands.
- Also found on Norfolk Island.
- Coastal and lowland development.
- Management Opportunities
- Protection of habitat.
- Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.
- Check existing populations annually.
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz
- Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.
- Dawson, J., Lucas, R., Conner J., and Brownsey, P.J. (2011). New Zealand’s native trees. Craig Potton, Nelson, 576 pp.