- A much-branched sprawling shrub with hairy branches.
- Pairs of pointed leaves (5-15 mm long by 3-7 mm wide), upper surface sparsely hairy (especially when young), lower surface with long hairs.
- Hairy white flowers and black, red, pink or white fruit.
- Pimelea aff. villosa differs from Pimelea villosa in having a lower, more spreading shrub habit and more widely spaced, longer and narrower spreading leaves.
Distribution and Habitat
- North Island south of Kawhia and Hawkes Bay, and South Island.
- Confined to sand dunes and associated swales and flats, usually in free-draining sites, but sometimes bordering streams in places that are prone to sudden flooding.
- Competition from marram grass.
- Trampling by cattle, sheep and horses.
- Browsing of seedlings by possums.
- Seed destruction by rodents.
- Vehicle damage.
- Lack of fruiting plants over large parts of its range despite apparently good sex ratios within populations, possibly due to loss of pollinators.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protection of habitat from stock and vehicles.
- Possum control by poisoning or trapping.
- Control weeds.
- 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.
Further Information and Support
- Weed and pest animal control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz