Dracophyllum urvilleanum

Key Features

  • Erect branching shrub to 1-2 m tall, with narrow, grasslike leaves. Its elaves are dimorphic with juvenile and adult leaves on the same plant.
  • Dracophyllum filifolium is similar but has more flowers (6-9) per cluster than D. urvilleanum (2-3).

Distribution and Habitat

  • Northern coast of the South Island.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Fire.
  • Competition from weeds (e.g., gorse).

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat – avoid afforesting known sites.
  • Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.

Monitoring Options

  • 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
  • References:
    • Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.