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Genus: Metrosideros

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Myrtales > Family: Myrtaceae

About 60 species, native to Australia, New Zealand, Malay Archipelago, and to southern Africa where there is one species: Metrosideros angustifolia (Lance-leaved myrtle). In addition, there are two species cultivated in southern Africa one of which, Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand christmas tree, New Zealand bottlebrush, Pohutukawa), is a declared Category 3 invasive plant in South Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Metrosideros angustifolia (Lance-leaved myrtle)

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand christmas tree, New Zealand bottlebrush, Pohutukawa)

Native to New Zealand. cultivated in southern Africa and although not recorded as naturalised, it is a declared Category 3 invasive plant in South Africa.

 

Metrosideros kermadecensis

Native to New Zealand.

 

Links

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 


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