Scientific Name:
Kelleria laxa (Cheeseman) Heads in George, Fl. Austral. 18, 323 (1990)
  • Drapetes dieffenbachii var. laxa Cheeseman, Man. New Zealand Fl. 616 (1906)
  • Drapetes laxus (Cheeseman) Allan, Fl. New Zealand 1, 288 (1961)

Plant forming lax patches up to 30 cm. or more diam.; stems and branches prostrate and rooting, up to 4 mm. diam.; branchlets spreading to suberect, up to 5 cm. long, glabrate except at lf-bases. Lvs erecto-patent, densely imbricate, 4–5 × 1–1·5 mm., linear- to elliptic-oblong, rounded at apex, nearly flat, submembr.; venation us. evident, margins ciliate, apex penicillate. Fls 3–8 per head; scales 8, minute, distinct. Per. tube villous, 1·75–2 mm. long; lobes 1·5–1·75 mm. long, oblong. Ovary ovoid, villous at apex. Fr. ovoid, 2 mm. long.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1 as Drapetes laxus (Cheeseman) Allan]

Indigenous (Endemic)
Cheeseman, T.F. 1906: Manual of the New Zealand Flora. Government Printer, Wellington.
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]
George, A.S. 1990: (Ed.) Flora of Australia. 18, Podostemaceae to Combretaceae. AGPS, Canberra.
Heads, M.J. 1990: A revision of the genera Kelleria and Drapetes (Thymelaeaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 3: 595–652.