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Dracophyllum strictum (Totorowhiti)

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Dracophyllum
Species: D. strictum
Binomial name: Dracophyllum strictum
Common Name: Totorowhiti

D. strictum is a small, branching shrub (up to 70cm in height) with whorls of narrow leaves (up to 10cm long by 12mm wide).
It is native to New Zealand and widespread from lowland to higher montane shrubland and forest in higher rainfall areas from sea level to 1000m in the North Island from Thames and East Cape South. It is also known from Mayor Island and is most commonly found in the ignimbrite country of the Central Volcanic Plateau.  
It is found in north Taranaki generally in the sedimentary hill country on damp banks.

For more detailed information visit:  http://nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.asp?ID=1819

Photographed at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth.October


Dracophyllum strictum in flower July.

Photographed early November.

The leaf structure

Photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve.


The plant below is growing in the  Te Kainga Marire Gardens. Photographed mid-June


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