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Gaultheria antipoda - bush snowberry

Heath family: Ericaceae

Gaultheria antipoda is a shrub with small, bright green and leathery leaves with blunt marginal teeth. A genus with over 150 species found in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres with 11 species endemic to New Zealand.
An endemic species found in subalpine areas throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 1.5 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, round-oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 8-16 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: clasping

Stamens: 5  

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry