of New Zealand
Alpine Plants of New Zealand
ISBN 0 7900 0525 5
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- A dwarf, much-branched,
creeping shrub which forms dense patches or low hummocks of deep-
or bluish-green foliage. The patches are usually 2-4 cm thick
and vary from 30-40 cm or more across.
- Leaves: Small
and hard, 3-5 mm by 1-2 mm, deep green above and slightly paler
Small, whitish, honey-scented, borne singly near the tips of the
branchlets; similar to those of Cyathodes colensoi.
- Fruits: Bright
red, berry-like, 5-6 mm in diameter, hollow inside and with five
or more small nutlets.
- North, South and Stewart
Islands in subalpine to low-alpine areas from the Coromandel Peninsula
southwards. Very common in the South and Stewart Islands, but
rare north of East Cape in the North Island. 600-1500 metres.
- Occurs in cushion
bogs, open snow tussock grasslands, herb-fields and herb moor.
in exposed or rocky sites or in poorly drained peaty areas.
- Fruits: The
fruits take two seasons to ripen, being quite small and green
by autumn and maturing during the following summer.
The hollow fruits distinguish this species from other plants of
a similar appearance.
Between November and January, but occasional flowers may be seen
at other times
Alpine Garden Links
Reproduced from Alpine Plants
of New Zealand:
Also see the article
by Raymond Mole on:
New Zealand Alpine Plants: A Challenge for
Zealand Alpine Garden Society