Scientific Name:
Dracophyllum Labill., Voy. Rech. Pérouse 211, t. 40 (1800)
Type Taxon:
Dracophyllum verticillatum Labill.
Vernacular Name(s):
Grass tree; Neinei

Fls 5-merous in panicles, racemes or spikes, or solitary. Sepals persistent, us. quite free; corolla-lobes imbricate, apex ± incurved; anthers us. included, dorsifixed. Hypog. scales free, ± oblong; stigmas minutely to distinctly 5-lobed. Ovules ∞, placentae decurved. Capsule loculicidally dehiscent. Shrubs or small trees of diverse habit; lvs simple, of linear order, us. minutely serrulate-crenulate on margins; base prolonged into an appressed sheath leaving a linear scar at If-fall.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Dracophyllum Labill.
Indigenous (Endemic)35
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