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Leptecophylla juniperina - prickly mingimingi

Heath family: Ericaceae

Leptocophylla juniperina is a shrub distinguished by its stiff green needle-like leaves with sharp tips that are painful to the touch. The flowers are single at the base of leaves.  A genus of more than 12 species found in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands, southeastern Australia and with two species endemic to New Zealand.
An endemic species found in open areas throughout New Zealand. Formerly placed in the genus Cyathodes.

Vegetative characteristics Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 5 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-4 mm diam

Leaf form: undivided, linear, needle-like

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 6-16 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: hairs

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs in parallel rows on lower leaf surface

Fruit: fleshy