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Carmichaelia muritai - coastal tree broom

Pea family: Fabaceae

Carmichaelia muritai is a small to large shrub with one to several trunks bearing spreading erect to weeping branches with almost round leafless stems. Small undivided leaves are formed on growing shoots but are shed after cessation of stem growth. Flowers are small, white with purple veins. Formerly known as Chordospartium muritai.
An endemic species found in the northern portion of the South Island (Marlborough).

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 6 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric


Flower size: 3-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: leaves absent on older stems; growing stems have undivided leaves with clasping petioles

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: leaves up to 6 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