Scientific Name:
Pseudowintera traversii (Buchanan) Dandy, J. Bot. (Hooker) 71: 122 (1933)
  • Hymenanthera traversii Buchanan, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 15: 339, t. 28, f. 1 (1882 [1883])
  • = Drimys traversii Kirk, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 30: 379 (1898)
  • = Wintera monogyna Tiegh. (1900)

Depressed to erect compactly branched shrub up to 1 m. or more tall; bark rough, reddish brown; branchlets ± viscid. Lvs close-set, on stout appressed or ascending petioles c. 5 mm. long; lamina 10–25 × 6–10 mm., obovate-oblong to obovate, very thick and coriac., dull green above, glaucous below; margins somewhat thickened; midrib alone evident below. Fls solitary or 2–(3) together, on decurved pedicels 1–5 mm. long. Calyx entire, or with 1–2 very shallow lobes; petals 5–6, greenish yellow, oblong to narrow-obovate, 4–5 mm. long; stamens 5–6; carpel us. solitary; fr. c. 2–3 mm. diam., depressed-obovoid, mesocarp slightly fleshy; seeds 3–6, angled.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)
Buchanan, J. 1883: Additions to the Flora of New Zealand. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 15: 339–340.
Dandy, J.E. 1933: The Winteraceae of New Zealand. Journal of Botany 71: 119–122.
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. [Naturally Uncommon]
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. [Naturally Uncommon]
Kirk, T. 1897: Description of New Species of Drimys. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 30: 379–380.
Kirk,T. 1899: The Students' Flora of New Zealand and the Outlying Islands. Government Printer, Wellington, N.Z. [as Hymenanthera traversii Buchanan]