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Dracophyllum recurvum - curly-leaved neinei

Heath family: Ericaceae

Dracophyllum recurvum is a small creeping and many-branched shrub. The narrow recurved  leaves are in tufts at branch tips  and vary from green to red to brownish-yellow. Flower arrangement are in short dense groups at the tips of branches.
An endemic species found in mountain grassland in the North Island Volcanic Plateau and adjacent mountains.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 1 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear

Sepals: 5

Leaf size:2-4 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly, overlapping on stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: sheath

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry