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Carmichaelia appressa - prostrate broom

Pea family: Fabaceae

Carmichaelia appressa, is a many-branched sprawling shrub forming mounds of apparently leafless branches. Leaves are found on seedlings and on new growth of young plants. A genus of 24 species with all but one endemic to New Zealand. Carmichaelia is named after the Scottish botanist, Dugald Carmichael 1772-1827.
An endemic species found as isolated populations on central Canterbury beaches of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: prostrate shrub up to 1.5 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric


Flower size: 4-5 mm diam. x 4mm long

Leaf form: leaves  are divided into 1-3 oblong leaflets cleft at the tip.

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: leaflets up to 2-5 mm

Petals: 5, white, purple

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipules fused to form a scale

Stamens: 10

Leaflet margin: smooth

Ovary: above

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry