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Androstoma empetrifolia (Mountain Mikimiki)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order:  Ericales
Family:  Ericaceae
Genus:  Androstoma
Species: A. empetrifolia
Binomial name:  Androstoma empetrifolia
Synonyms:  Cyathodes empetrifolia, Styphelia androstoma, Styphelia taxifolia, Styphelia hookeri.
Common name: Mountain Mikimiki

Androstoma empetrifolia is a New Zealand straggly native prostrate shrub forming patches up to ± 6 dm. Diam. It has slender wiry branches up to 40cm long and very slender hairy branchlets up to 15cm long bearing thick narrow leaves 3-5 mm long with recurved margins.
During November to February small axillary or terminal flowers appear. 
Red 4-5mm drupes mature from January to April.
Androstoma empetrifolia is found throughout New Zealand in alpine and sub alpine (600-1300 masl) areas usually in poor peaty soils. It is present on Mt Egmont/Taranaki.