Scientific Name:
Epilobium pernitens Cockayne & Allan, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 56: 23 (1926)

Compact, creeping herb forming dense patches up to 0.5 m across. Stems light brown, glabrous or very sparsely strigillose near margins of petioles, rooting at nodes. Lamina of lf with a conspicuous median depression, broadly elliptic to orbicular, 1.5–6 × 1.5–5 mm. Floral tube (1.4)–1.6–2.5 mm deep, glabrous. Petals white, (4)–5–10.7 × 3–7.5 mm. Capsule glabrous or nearly so, 1.5–3.8 cm long; fruiting pedicel (2)–3–6.8 cm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Dec.–Feb.

Cockayne, L.; Allan, H.H. 1926: Notes on New Zealand floristic botany, including descriptions of new species, & c. (No. 4). Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 56: 21–33.
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. [Not Threatened]
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. [Not Threatened]
Raven, P.H.; Raven, T. E. 1976: The Genus Epilobium (Onagraceae) in Australasia: a Systematic and Evolutionary Study. New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Bulletin 216: 1–321.