Scientific Name:
Montitega dealbata (R.Br.) C.M.Weiller in Albrecht et al., Syst. Bot. 23: 328 (2010)
  • Cyathodes dealbata R.Br., Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holland. (1810)
  • = Cyathodes pumila Hook.f., Handb. New Zealand Fl. 735 (1867)

Prostrate shrub forming dense patches up to c. 4 dm. diam; branches ∞, ascending at tips; branchlets ascending. Lvs close-set, imbricate. erect, coriac., subsessile, glab., paler below; 3–5 × 1–2 mm., narrow-oblong to narrow-elliptic, us. minutely apiculate; margins ± thickened towards base. Fls minute, solitary, axillary and/or terminal. bracts ∞, investing peduncle. Calyx-lobes broad-oblong, obtuse, ciliolate. Corolla-tube cylindric, much > calyx; lobes acute, densely hairy on upper surface. Style minutely 5-lobed. Fr. dark, c. 4–5 mm. diam., globose; locules us. 5.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1 as Cyathodes pumila Hook.f.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Albrecht, D.E.; Owens, C.T.; Weiller, C.M.; Quinn, C.J. 2010: Generic concepts in Ericaceae: Styphelioideae - the Monotoca group. Australian Systematic Botany. Systematic Botany 23(5): 320–332.
Brown, R. 1810: Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van-Diemen. Johnson, London.
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. [as Cyathodes pumila Hook.f.]
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]
Hooker, J.D. 1867: Handbook of the New Zealand Flora: a systematic description of the native plants of New Zealand and the Chatham, Kermadec's, Lord Auckland's, Campbell's, and Macquarrie's Islands. Part II. Reeve, London.
Quinn, C. J.; Brown, E. A.; Heslewood, M. M.; Crayn, D. M. 2005: Generic concepts in Styphelieae (Ericaceae): the Cyathodes group. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 439–454. [as Cyathodes dealbata R.Br.]
Quinn, C.J.; Crayn, D.M.; Heslewood, M.M.; Brown, E.A.; Gadek, P.A. 2003: A molecular estimate of the phylogeny of Styphelieae (Ericaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 16: 581–594. [as Cyathodes pumila Hook.f.]