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Dracophyllum uniflorum (Turpentine Bush)

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Dracophyllum
Species: D. uniflorum
Binomial name: Dracophyllum uniflorum
Common name: Turpentine Bush. Turpentine Scrub, 

Dracophyllum uniflorum is an erect, woody-stemmed, 1m tall, summer-flowering shrub with stout needle-like leaves. It is very common throughout the low alpine regions of New Zealand from the mid-North Island southwards. Its habitat is alpine shrub, herbfields and grasslands. Flowers appear January-March.
It is called turpentine bush not because it has turpentines present but because of the ease with which this plant will burn even when green.

Photographed at Arthurs Pass, South Island.

Photographed March Mavora Lakes, Southland.




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