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Leucopogon fraseri


Leucopogon fraseriReproduced from
Alpine Plants of New Zealand
ISBN 0 7900 0525 5
by kind permission of the author, Lawrie Metcalf and Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd

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  • A small, low-growing shrub with creeping, underground stems, often forming quite extensive patches. The wiry stems are usually 5-15 cm tall and clothed for much of their length with foliage.
  • Leaves: 4-9 mm long and 1-3 mm wide, quite hard of texture and the tip is abruptly narrowed to a fine but pungent point. Their upper surface is deep green, greyish, or yellowish- to bronzy green.
  • Flowers: White, produced from the leaf axils along the stem, strongly honey-scented, 1-1.3 cm long, with five distinctly bearded lobes at the mouth of the tube.
  • Fruits: Orange, 8-9 mm long.

Leucopogon fraseriDistribution & Habitat

  • North, South and Stewart Islands in coastal to low-alpine regions throughout. Sea level to 1600 metres.
  • Usually common in dry places in coastal dune hollows, low tussock grasslands, rocky places and fellfields.


  • Identification: The leaves can be quite prickly to the touch, which is often the first indication of its presence amongst other low vegetation.
  • Fruits: Edible and have a sweetish if somewhat resinous taste. L. fraseri often has a long flowering season and both flowers and fruit can be seen on plants at the one time


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