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Hebe chathamica

ingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Hebe
Species: H. chathamica
Binomial name: Hebe chathamica
Common name: Hebe chathamica

Hebe chathamica is a prostrate growing, rambling, evergreen, bushy shrub endemic to the Chatham Is of New Zealand. The light green, thick, broad, spear-shaped leaves are 2–3 cm long, and tend to lie in one plane. In summer the flowers open lilac, then fade to white.
On the Chatham Island it is found on coastal cliffs exposed to salt spray, also in crevices, on ledges, and on salt marshes where it can form dense mats.

Photo mid January , New Plymouth.

Flowering starting December, New Plymouth

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The tangled branches of the prostrate hebe.


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