Pachycladon cheesemanii

Key Features

  • Perennial herb with a deep taproot and woody base. Narrow to spoon-shaped, lobed, hairy leaves are borne in a basal rosette and are up to 10 cm long, but usually shorter. Flowering stems are up to 40 cm tall, with smaller leaves and a slender, terminal inflorescence with small white narrow petsals that ripens into a small cluster of slim pods.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Eastern South Island, lowland to montane in open sites associated with dry cliffs, tussock and scrub.
  • This species was previously known as Ischnocarpus novae-zelandiae.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Browse by stock and insects.
  • Fungal disease.
  • Damage from recreational activities (e.g. rock climbing).

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Control browsing animals.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • References:
    • Dopson, S.R.; de Lange, P.J.; Ogle, C.C.; Rance, B.D.; Courtney, S. & Molloy, J. (1999). The conservation requirements of New Zealand’s nationally threatened vascular plants. Threatened Species Occasional Publication 13. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
    • Peter de Lange, Peter Heenan, David Norton, Jeremy Rolfe and John Sawyer (2010). Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. 472 pp.
    • Heenan P.B., Mitchell A.D., and Koch M. (2002). Molecular systematics of the New Zealand Pachycladon (Brassicaceae) complex: generic circumscription and relationships to Arabidopsis s. l. and Arabis s. l. New Zealand Journal of Botany 40: 543–562.