- Small, erect prickly shrub or small tree with flaky bark, and bearing masses of oval pointed leaves.
- Silky hairy new growth on leaves and stems.
- Leaves rigid, 10-15 mm long by 1-2 mm wide.
- Flowers dark pink or pink flushed and up to 20 mm wide.
- Fruit a large (7-8 mm wide), dry capsule which scarcely opens except after fire or the death of the plant.
Distribution and Habitat
- Abundant on the upper Northland Peninsula from Te Paki to Ahipara, and down the eastern coastline to Whangaroa. Locally present south of this, with an uncertain southern distributional limit.
- Abundant in coastal dunefield, associated shrublands, gumland, and on the margins of peatbogs.
- Clearance for farmland.
- Felling for firewood.
- Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) may pose the greatest threat.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protect habitat.
- Collect seed, propagate, and reintroduce to 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.
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz