Tag Archives: South Island

Carex strictissima (Kük.) K. A. Ford

Carex strictissima

Distribution:

New Zealand: North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

Disphyma clavellatum (Haw.) Chinnock

Disphyma clavellatum

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local names: –

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Hydrocotyle novae-zeelandiae DC.

Hydrocotyle novae-zeelandiae

Distribution:

New Zealand: Rangatira Island (Chatham Islands); Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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This species may in fact be a species aggregate.

There are two varieties, the nominate variety, and Hydrocotyle novae-zeelandiae var. montana Kirk.

Veronica poppelwellii Cockayne

Veronica poppelwellii

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local names: –

Asplenium trichomanes L.

Asplenium trichomanes

Distribution:

Hawai’i Islands: Hawai’i, Maui
New Zealand: North Island; South Island

local names: –

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Three subspecies are known to occur within the Polynesian region, of which only one is endemic.

The nominate race occurs in Australia and on New Zealand’s North- and South Islands, the subspecies Asplenium trichomanes ssp. densum (Brack.) W. H. Wagner is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, while the subspecies Asplenium trichomanes ssp. quadrivalens Meyer, which is native to Australia and Europe, is known from a few population on New Zealand’s North Island.

Epilobium pallidiflorum A. Cunn.

Epilobium pallidiflorum

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names: –

Powelliphanta augusta Walker, Trewick & Barker

Mount Augustus Predatory Snail (Powelliphanta augusta)

This species was described in 2008, it was until then known under the tag name Powelliphanta “Augustus”. [1]

The Mount Augustus Predatory Snail was discovered in 1996 at the ridgeline of Mt. Augustus northeast of Westport.

This locality was subsequently destroyed by mining operations, and about 6000 snails were taken from the locality in 2007 to protect them from the mine development. The ca. 4000 snails that were released to nearby sites showed an alarmingly high mortality rate, and 800 were even killed accidently by the Department of Conservation in a fridge during a captive program in 2011.

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References:

[1] Steven A. Trewick; Kath J. Walker; Corina J. Jordan: Taxonomic and conservation status of a newly discovered giant landsnail from Mount Augustus, New Zealand. Conservation Genetics 9(6): 1563-1575. 2008

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Thelymitra pulchella Hook. f.

Beautiful Sun Orchid (Thelymitra pulchella)

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; Great Barrier Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island; Ulva Island

local names: –

Veronica leiophylla Cheeseman

Veronica leiophylla

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local names: –

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Leptinella squalida Hook. f.

Leptinella squalida

Distribution:

New Zealand: Rangatira Island (Chatham Islands); Great Barrier Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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Leptinella squalida ssp. mediana (D. G. Lloyd) D. G. Lloyd & C. J. Webb

Powelliphanta spedeni (Powell)

Speden’s Predatory Snail (Powelliphanta spedeni)

This species, described in 1932, is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand.

The shell reaches a size of about 4 cm in diameter.

This species is thought to contain two subspecies, the nominate, Powelliphanta spedeni ssp. spedeni (Powell), and Powelliphanta spedeni ssp. lateumbilicata (Powell).

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Powelliphanta spedeni ssp. lateumbilicata

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Coprosma wallii Petrie

Coprosma wallii

Distribution:

New Zealand: North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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Mentha cunninghamii Benth.

Mentha cunninghamii

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names:

hioi – New Zealand

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Myosotis traversii Hook. f.

Myosotis traversii

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local name: –

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Myosotis traversii var. traversii
Myosotis traversii var. cantabrica L. B. Moore
Myosotis traversii var. cinerascens (Petrie) L. B. Moore (ex)

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Coprosma rhamnoides A. Cunn.

Coprosma rhamnoides

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; Little Barrier Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names: –

Calystegia tuguriorum (G. Forst.) Hook. f.

Calystegia tuguriorum

Distribution:

New Zealand: Rangatira Island (Chatham Islands); Cuvier Island; Great Barrier Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); Kapiti Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island; Three Kings Islands; Womens Island (Titi Islands)

local names: –

Notogrammitis rigida (Hombron) Parris

Notogrammitis rigida

Distribution:

New Zealand: Auckland Islands; Big Solander Island (Solander Islands); South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

Gingidia montana (J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.) J. W. Dawson

Gingidia montana

Distribution:

New Zealand: North Island; South Island

local names: –

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This species is known to naturally hybridize on the South Island with Gingidia decipiens (Hook. f.) J. W. Dawson, Gingidia enysii (Kirk) J. W. Dawson, and Gingidia trifoliolata (Hook. f.) J. W. Dawson.

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Coprosma depressa Colenso ex Hook. f.

Coprosma depressa

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island; Putauhina Island (Titi Islands)

local names: –

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Atriplex billardieri (Moq.) Hook. f.

Atriplex billardieri

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; South Island (ex); Stewart Island

local names: –

Antipodochlora braueri Selys

Dusk Dragonfly (Antipodochlora braueri)

The Dusk Dragonfly was described in the year 1871, it is the sole member of its genus.

The species is endemic to New Zealand, both the larvae as well as the adult individuals are specialized forest dwellers, being widely distributed in various types of native forest.

The peak activity occurs in the few hours before dusk (hence its trivial name), at higher elevations, however, the species is active over a longer period of the day. [1]

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References:

[1] W. J. Winstanley: A preliminary account of the habitat of Antipodochlora braueri (Odonata: Corduliidae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist 7(2): 141-148. 1980

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Coprosma robusta Raoul

Coprosma robusta

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; Tatapihi Island (Mokohinau Islands); North Island; Aorangi Island, Archway Island (Poor Knights Islands); Rangitoto Island; South Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names:

karamu – New Zealand

Dianella nigra Colenso

Dianella nigra

Distribution:

New Zealand: Cuvier Island; Great Barrier Island; Goat Island; Kapiti Island; Little Barrier Island; North Island; Pakihi Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Great Island (Three Kings Islands); Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names:

plant:

piopio – New Zealand
turutu – New Zealand

plant parts:

pepepe – New Zealand (fruit)
reua – New Zealand (fruit)

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References:

[1] P. B. Heenan; P. J. de Lange: Two new species of Dianella (Hemerocallidaceae) from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 45: 269-285. 2007

Lepidium solandri Kirk

Lepidium solandri

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local name: –

Luzula banksiana Meyer

Luzula banksiana

Distribution:

New Zealand: Rangatira Island (Chatham Islands); Kapiti Island; North Island; Big Solander Island (Solander Islands); South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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This species contains five varieties, which probably occur all over New Zealand.:

Luzula banksiana var. acra Edgar
Luzula banksiana var. banksiana
Luzula banksiana var. migrata (Buch.) Edgar
Luzula banksiana var. orina Edgar
Luzula banksiana var. rhadina (Buch.) Edgar

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edited: 01.02.2018

Austrolestes colensonis White

New Zealand Blue Damselfly (Austrolestes colensonis)

The New Zealand Blue Damselfly, known by the Maori as kekewai, is a common species of small ditches, ponds, and swamps, its larvae are able to inhabit even shallow and temporary water bodies.

The species is capable of changing its coloration to aid thermoregulation, so it turns darker in cold weather and lighter in sunshine. [1]

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References:

[1] W. Joy Crumpton: Notes on occurrence of Odonata in Canterbury and Westland (New Zealand). The New Zealand Entomologist 6(3): 302-304. 1977

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Alectryon excelsus Gaertn.

Alectryon excelsus

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Great Island, West Island (Three Kings Islands); Tiritiri Matangi Island

local name:

titoki – New Zealand

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Alectryon excelsus ssp. grandis (Cheeseman) de Lange & E. K. Cameron – Great Island, West Island (Three Kings Islands)

Veronica lanceolata Benth.

Veronica lanceolata

Distribution:

New Zealand: North Island; South Island

local names: –

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edited: 07.02.2018

Haloragis erecta (Murray) Oken

Haloragis erecta

Distribution:

Austral Islands: Raivavae, Tubuai
New Zealand: Rangatira Island (Chatham Islands); Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; Kermadec Islands; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Stewart Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island; Womens Island (Titi Islands)

local names:

toatoa – New Zealand

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The nominate subspecies, Haloragis erecta ssp. erecta (Murray) Oken, is widely distributed over New Zealand, while the subspecies Haloragis erecta ssp. cartilaginea (Cheeseman) Orchard is endemic to the Surville Cliffs in the far north of New Zealand’s North Island.

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The species obviously occurs also on Raivavae and Tubuai in the Austral Archipelago. [1][2][3]

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References:

[1] H. St. John: Notes on Eugenia (Myrtaceae) and Haloragis (Haloragaceae) from southeastern Polynesia. Pacific Plant Studies 34. Phytologia 37(5): 441-442. 1977
[2] Jean-Yves Meyer: Rapport de mission de l’expédition scientifique à Raivavae et Rapa (Australes) du 18 Novembre au 20 Décembre 2002. Délégation à la Recherche, Papeete 2002
[3] Jean-Yves Meyer: Rapa, îles Australes: guide de la flore indigène et endémique. Direction de l’Environnement, Délégation à la Recherche: STPmultipress, Papeete 2011

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edited: 22.08.2017

Hypolepis amaurorachis (Kunze) Hook.

Hypolepis amaurorachis

Distribution:

New Zealand: Auckland Islands; Campbell Island (Campbell Islands); Chatham Islands; South Island

local name: –

Epilobium macropus Hook. f.

Epilobium macropus

Distribution:

New Zealand: North Island; South Island

local names: –

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edited: 20.08.2017

 

Plantago triandra Berggr.

Plantago triandra

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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edited: 05.02.2018

Stigmella hakekeae Donner & Wilkinson

Hakeke Pigmy Moth (Stigmella hakekeae)

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This species is known to inhabit the South Island as well as Stewart Island.

The Hakeke Pigmy Moth is quite large for its genus, it reaches a wingspan of about 0,6 cm.

The caterpillars of this species are adapted to endemic New Zealand tree asters like Olearia arborescens (G. Forst.) Cockayne & Laing, Olearia x macrodonta, Olearia nummularifolia (Hook. f.) Hook. f., and Olearia paniculata (J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.) Druce, they feed within the leaves, creating frass–filled tunnels with a typical vermiculated shape.

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Reeferences:

[1] Hans Donner; Christopher Wilkinson: Nepticulidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Fauna of New Zealand 16. 1989

Luzula rufa Edgar

Luzula rufa

Distribution:

New Zealand: North Island; South Island

local names: –

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This species contains two varieties, the nominate and the var. albicomans Edgar.

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edited: 01.02.2018

Coprosma acerosa A. Cunn.

Coprosma acerosa

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; Great Barrier Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names:

mingimingi – New Zealand

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This species is known to hybridize with other Coprosma spp., for example with Coprosma propinqua var. martinii W. R. B. Oliv., or with Coprosma repens A. Rich., the last hybrid is known as Coprosma x kirkii.

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Veronica decora (Ashwin) Garn.-Jones

Veronica decora

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local names: –

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edited: 07.02.2018

Lobelia anceps L. f.

Lobelia anceps

Distribution:

Austral Islands: Rapa
New Zealand: Rangatira Island (Chatham Islands); Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; Raoul Island (Kermadec Islands); North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Three Kings Islands; Tiritiri Matangi Island
Norfolk Islands: Norfolk Island

local names:

punakuru – New Zealand
purao – New Zealand
waewae-koukou – New Zealand

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This species occurs from Australia to South Africa and South America, it is found in Polynesia.

Carex coriacea Hamlin

Carex coriacea

Distribution:

New Zealand: North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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Cranfillia vulcanica (Blume) Gasper & V. A. O. Dittrich

Cranfillia vulcanica

Distribution:

Austral Islands: Rapa, Tubuai
Cook Islands: Rarotonga
Marquesas: Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka, Ua Pou
New Zealand: Chatham Islands; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island
Samoa: Olosega, Savai’i, Ta’u, Tutuila, ‘Upolu
Society Islands: Huahine, Mo’orea, Ra’iatea, Taha’a, Tahiti
Tonga: Kao, Late, Niuafo’ou, Tofua

local names:

korokio – New Zealand

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References:

[1] André Luís Gasper; Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich; Alan R. Smith; Alexandre Salino: A classification for Blechnaceae (Polypodiales: Polypodiopsida): New genera, resurrected names, and combinations. Phytotaxa 275(3): 191-227. 2016

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edited: 03.02.2018

Austroblechnum banksii (Hook. f.) Gasper & V. A. O. Dittrich

Austroblechnum banksii

Distribution:

New Zealand: Adams Island (Auckland Islands); North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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References:

[1] André Luís Gasper; Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich; Alan R. Smith; Alexandre Salino: A classification for Blechnaceae (Polypodiales: Polypodiopsida): New genera, resurrected names, and combinations. Phytotaxa 275(3): 191-227. 2016

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edited: 03.02.2018

Veronica murrellii (G. Simpson & J. S. Thomson) Garn.-Jones

Veronica murrellii

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local names: –

Parablechnum procerum (G. Forst.) C. Presl

Parablechnum procerum

Distribution:

Cook Islands: Rarotonga
New Zealand: Antipodes Islands; Adams Island, Auckland Island, Enderby Island (Auckland Islands); Campbell Island (Campbell Islands); Chatham Islands; Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; North Island; Raoul Island (Kermadec Islands); Rangitoto Island; Big Solander Island (Solander Islands); South Island; Stewart Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island; Putauhina Island (Titi Islands)
Samoa: Savai’i

local names:

kiokio – New Zealand

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References:

[1] André Luís Gasper; Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich; Alan R. Smith; Alexandre Salino: A classification for Blechnaceae (Polypodiales: Polypodiopsida): New genera, resurrected names, and combinations. Phytotaxa 275(3): 191-227. 2016

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edited: 03.02.2018

Carex pumila Thunb.

Carex pumila

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names: –

Hemideina broughi Buller

West Coast Bush Weta (Hemideina broughi)

The West Coast Bush Weta is an about 8,5 cm large, rather aggressive weta species.

The species is endemic to the northwest part of New Zealand’s South Island, where it can be found at elevations of up to 1100 m in old, and partly hollowed southern beeches, namely tawhai raunui (Fuscospora fusca (Hook. f.) Heenan & Smissen) resp. tawhai rauriki (Fuscospora cliffortioides (Hook. f.) Heenan & Smissen).

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edited: 03.03.2016

Parablechnum triangularifolium (T. C. Chambers & P. A. Farrant) Gasper & Salino

Parablechnum triangularifolium

Distribution:

New Zealand: Chatham Islands; Hen Island (Hen and Chicken Islands); North Island; South Island

local names:

kiokio – New Zealand

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References:

[1] André Luís Gasper; Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich; Alan R. Smith; Alexandre Salino: A classification for Blechnaceae (Polypodiales: Polypodiopsida): New genera, resurrected names, and combinations. Phytotaxa 275(3): 191-227. 2016

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edited: 02.03.2018

Pimelea concinna Allan

Pimelea concinna

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local name: –

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This species, which is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand, is known to naturally hybridize with at least four other members of its genus, these are: Pimelea aridula ssp. oliga C. J. Burrows, Pimelea mesoa C. J. Burrows, Pimelea oreophila ssp. hetera C. J. Burrows, and Pimelea oreophila ssp. oreophila C. J. Burrows.

Zizina otis ssp. labradus (Godart)

Lesser Grass Blue (Zizina otis ssp. labradus)

The Lesser Grass Blue, a very small, blue butterfly with a wingspan of only about 1,5 cm, is a widely distributed species, that is still expanding its range, so for example the species has reached the Hawaiian Islands by 2008.

The formerly recognized subspecies ssp. cheesmanae (Poulton & Riley), ssp. mangoensis (Butler) are now obviously included in the ssp. labradus (Godart), which occurs in the Polynesian region and beyond, however, the taxonomical position of this species and its subspecies varies from author to author.

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of legume species.

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In Niue the species is called pepe lanu moana mama.

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References:

[1] John Adam Comstock: Lepidoptera of American Samoa with particular reference to biology and ecology. Pacific Insects Monographs 11: 1-74. 1966
[2] Jaqueline Y. Miller; Lee D. Miller: The Butterflies of the Tonga Islands and Niue, Cook Islands, with the Descriptions of two new subspecies. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 34: 1-24. 1993
[3] Karin S. Kami; Scott E. Miller: Samoan Insects and related Arthropods: Checklist and Bibliography. Bishop Museum Technical Report 13. 1998
[4] Brian Patrick; Hamish Patrick: Butterflies of Fiji. The Weta 24(1): 5-12. 2002
[5] Brian Patrick; Hamish Patrick: Butterflies of the South Pacific. Otago University Press 2012

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edited: 18.01.14

Carex inversa R. Br.

Carex inversa

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); South Island; Stewart Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island
Norfolk Islands: Norfolk Island

local names: –

Austroblechnum membranaceum (Colenso ex Hook.) Gasper & W. A. O. Dittrich

Austroblechnum membranaceum

Distribution:

New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; North Island; South Island; Tiritiri Matangi Island

local names: –

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References:

[1] André Luís Gasper; Vinícius Antonio de Oliveira Dittrich; Alan R. Smith; Alexandre Salino: A classification for Blechnaceae (Polypodiales: Polypodiopsida): New genera, resurrected names, and combinations. Phytotaxa 275(3): 191-227. 2016

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edited: 03.02.2018

Geranium brevicaule Hook. f.

Geranium brevicaule

Distribution:

New Zealand: Kapiti Island; North Island; South Island; Stewart Island

local names: –

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This species is commonly found in cultivation, also in Botanical Gardens in Europe, where it is most oftenly kept under the name Geranium sessiliflorum ssp. novae-zelandiae Carolin.

There is a green-leaved – and a more or less bronze-leaved form (see photo).

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Photo: Alexander Lang

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edited: 18.09.2017

Veronica rigidula Cheeseman

Veronica rigidula

Distribution:

New Zealand: D’Urville Island; South Island

local names: –

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There are two varieties, the nominate is confined to the South Island, while Veronica rigidula var. sulcata (Bayly & Kellow) Garn.-Jones is mostly found on D’Urville Island and several places in the Marlborough Sounds.

Veronica pimeleoides Hook. f.

Veronica pimeleoides

Distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

local names: –

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Veronica pimeleoides ssp. faucicola (Kellow & Bayly) Garn.-Jones

Geniostoma rupestre J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.

Geniostoma rupestre

Distribution:

Austral Islands: Rapa, Rurutu (?)
Fiji: Fulaga, Gau, Kadavu, Koro, Lakeba, Nasoata, Nayau, Ovalau, Rotuma, Taveuni, Vanua Balavu, Vanua Levu, Viti Levu, Waya
Marquesas: Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Pou
New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Kapiti Island; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); Rangitoto Island; South Island; Manawa Tawhi Island, South West Island (Three Kings Islands); Tiritiri Matangi Island
Niue
Pitcairn Islands: Henderson Island
Samoa: Fanuatapu, Namu’a, Nu’ulua, Nu’utele, Savai’i, Ta’u, Tutuila, ‘Upolu
Society Islands: Mo’orea, Tahiti
Tonga: ‘Eua, Ha’apai, Kao, Motutapu, Onevai, Tafahi, Tofua, Tongatapu, ‘Uta Vava’u
Wallis & Futuna: Alofi, Futuna, ‘Uvea

local names:

age – Rurutu / Austral Islands
ange – Rapa / Austral Islands
faipuu – Society Islands
hangehange – New Zealand
taipoipoi – Samoa

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The species is split into several varieties, of which at least four occur within the Polynesian region, Geniostoma rupestre var. crassum (Cheeseman) Conn (endemic to New Zealand), Geniostoma rupestre var. glaberrimum (Benth.) Conn (most parts of Polynesia, especially French Polynesia), the nominate Geniostoma rupestre var. rupestre (western Polynesia), and Geniostoma rupestre var. tongense (A. C. Sm. & Stone) Conn (Fiji, Niue and Tonga).

Many of these varieties include synonyms that formerly were treated as distinct species. [1]

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References:

[1] Barry J. Conn: A taxonomic revision of Geniostoma Subg. Geniostoma (Loganiaceae). Blumea 26: 245-364. 1980

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geniostoma-r-v-rupestre-tt

nominate variety

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