Scientific Name:
Veronica hectorii subsp. coarctata (Cheeseman) Garn.-Jones in Garnock-Jones et al., Taxon 56: 577 (2007)
  • Veronica coarctata Cheeseman, Man. New Zealand Fl. 531 (1906) pro parte
  • Hebe coarctata (Cheeseman) Cockayne & Allan, Trans. New Zealand Inst. 57: 40 (1926)
  • Leonohebe coarctata (Cheeseman) Heads, Bot. Soc. Otago Newsl. 5: 8 (1987)
  • Hebe hectorii subsp. coarctata (Cheeseman) Wagstaff & Wardle, New Zealand J. Bot. 37: 33 (1999)
Lectotype (designated by Ashwin, in Allan 1961): Mt Arthur Plateau, Nelson, 4000 ft, T. F. C[heeseman], Jan 1886, AK 8233
Coarctatus means crowded, presumably a reference to the leaves.
Vernacular Name(s):
whipcord hebe

Leaves longer than to about as long as broad, mostly 1.2–2.0 mm, occasionally to 2.7 mm long; apex sub-acute to rounded.


South Island: Western Nelson, Sounds Nelson (south-western mountains), Westland (north of Mt Stevenson, Paparoa Range).


Penalpine and alpine grassland and sub-alpine shrubland. Recorded elevations range from 900 to 1736 m.

Indigenous (Endemic)

2n = 40 (Bayly & Kellow 2006, as Hebe hectorii subsp. coarctata).


Some populations (e.g., at Cobb Ridge near Lake Peel, Nelson) appear to be sexually dimorphic, with about half the plants setting seed and these having small, empty anthers.

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Cheeseman, T.F. 1906: Manual of the New Zealand Flora. Government Printer, Wellington.
Cockayne, L.; Allan, H.H. 1926: The present taxonomic status of the New Zealand species of Hebe. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 57: 11–47.
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. [as Hebe hectorii subsp. coarctata (Cheeseman) Wagstaff & Wardle] [Not Threatened]
Garnock-Jones, P.J. 2023: Veronica. In: Breitwieser, I. (ed.) Flora of New Zealand – Seed Plants. Fascicle 9. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.
Garnock-Jones, P.J.; Albach, D.; Briggs, B.G. 2007: Botanical names in Southern Hemisphere Veronica (Plantaginaceae): sect. Detzneria, sect. Hebe, and sect. Labiatoides. Taxon 56: 571–582.
Heads, M. 1987: New names in New Zealand Scrophulariaceae. Botanical Society of Otago Newsletter 5: 4–11.
Wagstaff, S.J.; Wardle, P. 1999: Whipcord Hebes - systematics, distribution, ecology and evolution. New Zealand Journal of Botany 37(1): 17–39.