Scientific Name:
Geniostoma ligustrifolium A.Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 2: 46 (1839)
Vernacular Name(s):
Hangehange; Hengahenga; Pāhengahenga; Pāpā; Pāpāhenga; Pāpāuma; Whangewhange

Glab. bushy shrub up to ± 3 m. tall; branches slender, brittle. Lvs on petioles 5–10 mm. long; lamina us. membr., pale green above, paler below (sts subglaucous); (2.5)–5–7–(9) × (1·5)–2–3–(4) cm.; ovate to broad- to elliptic-ovate, rather abruptly narrowed to acuminate apex. Infl. a cyme up to c.3 cm. diam., pedicels slender, bracted, 3–5–(10) mm. long. Calyx ± 3 mm. long; lobes ovate, acuminate, ciliolate. Corolla ± 6 mm. long, greenish to clear white; tube short, lobes at length spreading, pubescent on upper surface, ciliolate, acuminate. Anther-connective produced, lobes divergent. Ovary subglobose, style short, stigma 2-lobed. Capsule ± 5 mm. diam., 5–7–(10) mm. long, splitting into 2 mucronate valves. Seeds ∞, 1–2 mm. long, testa greyish, minutely pitted, long remaining attached to apex.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)
Number of subspecific taxa in New Zealand within Geniostoma ligustrifolium A.Cunn.
Indigenous (Endemic)3
Conn, B.J. 1980: A taxonomic revision of Geniostoma subg. Geniostoma (Loganiaceae). Blumea 26: 245–364.
Connor, H.E.; Edgar, E. 1987: Name changes in the indigenous New Zealand flora, 1960–1986 and Nomina Nova IV, 1983–1986. New Zealand Journal of Botany 25: 115–170.
Cunningham, A. 1839: Florae insularum Novae Zelandiae precursor; or a specimen of the botany of the islands of New Zealand. Annals of Natural History 2: 44–52.