Scientific Name:
Styphelia nesophila (DC.) Sleumer, Blumea 12: 153 (1963)
  • Leucopogon nesophilus DC., Prodr. [A. P. de Candolle] 7, 752 (1839)
  • = Leucopogon fraseri A.Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 2: 47 (1839)
  • Cyathodes fraseri (A.Cunn.) Allan, Fl. New Zealand 1, 517 (1961)
  • = Leucopogon bellignianus Raoul, Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. sér. 3, 2: 118 (1844)
  • = Styphelia fraseri F.Muell., Fragm. (Mueller) 6, 56 (1867)
  • = Leucopogon fraseri var. muscosus G.Simpson, Trans. Roy. Soc. New Zealand 75: 190 (1945)

Prostrate to low-growing shrub up to c. 15 cm. tall or more, forming extensive dense patches; branches decumbent to ascending; branchlets close-set, minutely puberulous when young, densely clad in erect imbricate lvs. Lamina sessile or subsessile, coriac., glab., us. brownish green above, paler below, finely nerved, ± 4–9 × 1–2 mm., obovate-oblong; margins scarious to cartilaginous, finely ciliolate; abruptly narrowed to pungent tip ± 2 mm. long. Infl. of axillary solitary sessile fls; bracts minute, apiculate. Fls small; calyx-lobes acute. Corolla-tube cylindric. > twice length calyx; lobes short, acute, densely hairy on upper surfaces. Fr. orange to yellow, broad-oblong in outline, 8–9 mm. long.

[From:  Allan  (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1 as Cyathodes fraseri (A.Cunn.) Allan]

Indigenous (Endemic)
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Dawson, M.I.; Heenan, P.B. 2004: Morphological variation of the Leucopogon fraseri complex (Ericaceae: Styphelieae) in New Zealand, and recognition of a new species, L. nanum. New Zealand Journal of Botany 42: 537–564. [as Leucopogon fraseri A.Cunn.; Leucopogon fraseri var. muscosus G.Simpson]
de Candolle, A.P. 1839: Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis. Vol. 7(2). Treuttel et Würtz, Paris.
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. [as Leucopogon fraseri A.Cunn.] [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. [as Leucopogon fraseri A.Cunn.] [Not Threatened]
Mueller, F.J.H. von 1867–1868: Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae. Vol. 6. Melbourne.
Raoul, E. 1844: Choix de plantes de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Recueillies et décrites par M.E. Raoul. Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique sér. 3, 2: 113–123.
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Sleumer, H. 1963: Florae Malesianae Precursores. XXXVII. Materials Towards the Knowledge of the Epacridaceae Mainly in Asia, Malaysia and the Pacific. Blumea 12: 145–171.