Pomaderris kumeraho

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Pomaderris kumeraho


Pomaderris: lid skin

Common Name(s)

Kumarahou, gum-diggers soap, golden tainui

Current Threat Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Previous Threat Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Pomaderris kumeraho A.Cunn.



Brief Description

Shrub rarely reaching 4m tall with fuzzy twigs bearing wrinkled blunt-tipped leaves that have very prominent veins on the brownish underside. Leaves 6cm long by 3cm wide, with brownish star-shaped hairs underneath. Flowers pale yellow, in dense round clusters. Fruit dry, small.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native


Has been confused with the somewhat similar but distinctive Tasmanian P. elliptica Labill.


Endemic. North Island only from Te Paki to just south of the Kawhia Harbour and Te Kuiti in the west and the northern Bay of Plenty in the east


Coastal to lowland, in open, early to mid successional habitats. Often on roadside banks, and in gumland vegetation. Occasionally seen in forested situations.

Similar Taxa

Pomaderris hamiltonii L.B.Moore, which is a small tree with elliptic, dark green leaves, tapering at the base and tip, and by the more open inflorescences bearing cream-coloured flowers


September - October

Main Flower Colour



Novermber - January

Propagation Technique

Best from fresh seed which is slow to germinate. Semi-hardwood cuttings will strike but they can be slow and results variable. Best strikes have been achieved when cuttings have been placed in untreated saw dust. An attractive plant for a small garden, prefers full sun, and nutrient poor soils, resents competition, and is prone to phytophora and verticillium wilt


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 24

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Occasionally availabe from garden centres, more often sold by specialist native plant nurseries.

References and further reading

Gardner, R. 1996. Ants and Pomaderris seeds. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, 51: 96-97.

This page last updated on 7 Jan 2014

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