Scientific Name:
Metrosideros Banks ex Gaertn., Fruct. Sem. Pl. 170 (1788)
Vernacular Name(s):
Aka; Rātā

Fls in us. terminal cymes or racemes; receptacle adnate to ovary; sepals 5, imbricate; petals 5; stamens ∞, much > petals; filaments filiform, anthers versatile. Ovary 3-celled, style filiform, ovules ∞. Capsules coriac., loculicidally 3-valved, or dehiscence irregular; seeds linear. Aromatic shrubs, trees or woody lianes with simple, opp., gland-dotted, exstipulate lvs.

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

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Metrosideros Banks ex Gaertn.
Indigenous (Endemic)12
Exotic: Casual1
Gaertner, J. 1788: De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum. Vol. 1. Stuttgart.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.