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Dracophyllum sinclairii - gumland grass tree

Heath family: Ericaceae

Dracophyllum sinclairii is a many-branched shrub to small tree. It is distinguished by its thin and twisted leaves and groups of flowers born on short side branches. Named after the British surgeon, botanist and Colonial Secretary, Andrew Sinclair (1794-1861).
An endemic species found in open forest in the upper half of the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 4-5 mm

Leaf form: undivided, linear

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 4-12 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: single, overlapping on stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: sheath

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry