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Carmichaelia hollowayi (Holloway's broom)

Kingdom:   Plantae
(Unranked):        Angiosperms
(Unranked):        Eudicots
(Unranked):        Rosids
Order:       Fabales
Family:      Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe:        Galegeae
Subtribe:    Astragalinae
Genus:      Carmichaelia
Species: C. hollowayi
Binominial name: Carmichaelia hollowayi
Common name: Holloway's broom

Carmichaelia hollowayi is a critically endangered broom whose natural habitat is the limestone outcrops on the south side of the Waitaki River on the dry eastern flank of the South Island.
It is a dwarf, suckering broom growing up to 0.5 x 1(-2) m. and has thick branches (which have rounded tops).
The flowers are distally tinged purple or are otherwise white or purple-veined. They appear from November until late summer.
With just about only 250 mature plants left in the wild, Carmichaelia hollowayi suffers from a lack of young plants to replace existing populations. This is due to the effect of browsing animals, such as rabbits.

C. hollowayi's species name commemorates Rev. J. Holloway, who lectured in botany at Otago University.

For more details visit: http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=7