Scientific Name:
Carmichaelia hollowayi G.Simpson, Trans. Roy. Soc. New Zealand 75: 277 (1945) – as Carmichaelia hollowayii
Vernacular Name(s):

Dwarf shrub, with lowspreading and sprawling habit, frequently suckering, up to 0.5 × 1(—2) m. Branches 10-30 mm diameter, stout, horizontal, spreading, sometimes erect. Cladodes 50-80(—100) × 3-5 mm, erect to spreading, linear, striate, plano-convex, rarely terete, yellow- green to green, hairy when young, becoming glabrous when mature, apex obtuse and yellowgreen; leaf nodes 5-10. Leaves simple, present on seedlings and sometimes on adults; lamina 4.5-12.5 × 1.8-4.5 mm, obovate to oblanceolate, fleshy, green and usually with several white blotches on adaxial surface, adaxial and abaxial surfaces with scattered hairs, apex refuse, base attenuate; petiole < 0.5 mm, glabrous, pale green. Leaves on cladodes reduced to scales, < 1 mm long, broad-triangular to triangular, hairy to sparsely hairy, apex subacute. Stipules c. 1 × c. 0.5 mm, free, broad-triangular, hairy. Inflorescence a raceme, (1—)2—3 per node, each with 2-6(-8) flowers. Peduncle 5-10 mm long, hairy, green. Bracts < 1 mm long, triangular, hairy on abaxial surface when young but glabrous at maturity, apex acute to subacute, margin hairy. Pedicel 1.5—2 mm long, hairy, green. Bracteoles 0.2—0.3 mm long, on upper part of pedicel or on receptacle, hairy on abaxial surface, sometimes with glands. Calyx 2.5-3 × c. 2 mm, campanulate, green, outer surface hairy. Calyx lobes 0.4—0.6 mm long, triangular, green and usually flushed red, inner surface glabrous or hairy, appressed to corolla, apex subacute. Standard 7—8 × 7—8 mm, broad-orbicular, patent, positioned in central part of keel, keeled, apex emarginate; central area of inner surface purple or red-purple, margins white, usually purple-veined; outer surface white; claw c. 2.5 mm long, green. Wings 5.5—6.5 × 2.5—3 mm, oblong, broad in distal part, longer than keel, apex broad, obtuse to truncate; inner and outer surfaces white, usually purple-veined; auricle 0.4—0.7 mm long, triangular, pale green; claw 1.6—1.8 mm long, pale green. Keel (Fig. 2C) c. 5 × c. 3.5 mm; distal part of inner surface purple, proximal part white or pale green; outer surface white and purple-veined; auricle c. 1 mm long, triangular, pale green, apex obtuse to subacute; claw c. 2 mm long, pale green. Stamens 4-5 mm long; dorsal filaments connate for c. ¾ of length, outer stamens free for c. 1 mm. Pistil 4—5 mm long, similar in length to stamens, glabrous; ovules 5-8. Pods 8-11 × 4.8-6 mm, broad-elliptic, laterally compressed, usually drooping, light grey to yellow-brown, both valves dehiscent in proximal part, abruptly narrowed to beak; beak 1.5-2 mm long, in a central apical position, stout, more-or-less triangular, pungent-tipped. Seeds 2.5-2.9 × 2.4- 2.6 mm, reniform, 1(—2) per pod, yellow-green or green with black mottling. FL Nov-Dec, FT Jan- May.

[Reproduced from Heenan (1996, New Zealand J. Bot. 34: 157-177) with permission from The Royal Society of New Zealand.]

Indigenous (Endemic)
de Lange, P.J.; Norton, D.A.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Hitchmough, R.; Townsend, A.J. 2009: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand (2008 revision). New Zealand Journal of Botany 47: 61–96. [Nationally Critical]
de Lange, P.J.; Norton, D.A.; Heenan, P.B.; Courtney, S.P.; Molloy, B.P.J.; Ogle, C.C.; Rance, B.D. 2004: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 42(1): 45–76.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Nationally Critical]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Nationally Critical]
Heenan, P.B. 1995: Typification of names in Carmichaelia, Chordospartium, Corallospartium, and Notospartium (Fabaceae - Galegeae) from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 33: 439–454.
Heenan, P.B. 1996: A taxonomic revision of Carmichaelia (Fabaceae-Galegeae) in New Zealand. Part 2. New Zealand Journal of Botany 34(2): 157–177.
Simpson, G. 1945: A Revision of the Genus Carmichaelia (Cockayne Memorial Paper No. 1). Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand 75: 231–287.