Tauhinu Pomaderris phylicifolia subsp. phylicifolia

Key Features

  • Furry, much-branched shrub to 1.5 m tall.
  • Leaves are an oblong shape, 1-2.5 cm long and 2-5 mm wide, with a slightly wrinkled surface and inrolled margins.
  • Small, cream-coloured flowers are grouped in clusters and develop into small capsules at maturity.
  • A related and more widespread species, Pomaderris ericifolia, has smaller (<1 cm long), narrower (1-2 mm) leaves than P. phylicifolia.

Distribution and Habitat

  • North of Auckland, in scattered populations along coasts.
  • Habitat is nutrient poor sites in scrub or sedgeland or on clay banks and roadsides.


  • Habitat modification and loss, including succession to forest.
  • Browsing by goats.
  • Herbicide use on roadsides.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Control of goats by hunting.
  • 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
  • Goat control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
  • References
    • Dopson et al. (1999). The conservation requirements of New Zealand’s nationally threatened vascular plants. Threatened Species Occasional Publication 13. Department of Conservation, Wellington.
    • Wilson & Given (1989). Threatened plants of New Zealand. DSIR Publishing, 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.