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Hebe acutiflora (Northland River Koromiko)

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Hebe
Species: H. acutiflora
Binomial name: Hebe acutiflora
Common name: Northland River Koromiko

Hebe acutiflora is a rare native Hebe with light green leaves that grows only alongside the Kerikeri Falls. It grows to a height of 1.5m with a 1m spread.  In summer it has dense masses of flowers ranging from white to pale mauve.
It is generally regarded as not being a true species but one of a locally occurring 'hybrid swarm' that is not capable of sexual self-replication.

Photographed 24th March at Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve. Wellington