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Dracophyllum traversii - mountain neinei, pineapple tree

Heath family: Ericaceae

Dracophyllum traversii is a small but robust tree easily recognised by its long candelabra-like branches with tufts of broad recurved leaves which taper to a fine point. The bark is shed in broad, long strips accumulating at the base of the plant. Named after politician, explorer and naturalist, William Thomas Locke Travers (1819-1903).
An endemic species found in mountains of the central North Island and the upper half of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 10 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 5-6 mm diam.

Leaf form:  undivided, linear

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 50-70 cm

Petals: 5, red

Leaf arrangement: singly, overlapping on stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: sheath

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry