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Plagianthus divaricatus - makaka, coastal ribbonwood, marsh ribbonwood

Mallow family: Malvaceae

Plagianthus divaricatus is a small, many-branched shrub forming thickets of intertwined stems. The tiny spoon-shaped leaves are inconspicuous and deciduous. Found in sheltered coastal shorelines throughout New Zealand. An endemic genus of 3 species.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 4-5 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-15 mm; juvenile up to 3 cm

Petals: 5, yellow

Leaf arrangement: alternate or in groups

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 8-12

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry