Gaultheria rupestris

Species

Gaultheria rupestris

Etymology

Gaultheria: Named after Jean François Gaultier of Quebec (6 Oct 1708-10 July 1756) by the Scandinavian Pehr Kalm in 1748.
rupestris: From the Latin rupes 'rock, cliff', meaning growing in rocky places

Current Threat Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Previous Threat Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened

Authority

Gaultheria rupestris (L.f.) D.Don

Family

Ericaceae

Brief Description

Bushy sprawling shrub bearing oval leathery toothed leaves on hairy twigs inhabiting mountains from the Ruahine south. Hairs on twigs dark. Flowers white, bell-shaped, in occasionally-branched clusters to 8cm long at the tip of twigs. Leaves 20-35mm long by 6-10mm wide. Fruit a dry capsule.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Synonyms

Gaultheria subcorymbosa Colenso, Gaultheria rupestris var. subcorymbosa (Colenso) B.L.Burtt et A.W.Hill, Gaultheria glandulosa Colenso

Main Flower Colour

White

Other Flower Colour

Black

Threats

Not Threatened

Endemic Taxon

Yes

Endemic Genus

No

Endemic Family

No

References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309

This page last updated on 26 Sep 2014

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