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Hebe chathamica (Buchan.) Ckn. & Allan

Modern name

Hebe chathamica Cockayne & Allan


Veronica chathamica Buchan.

A prostrate shrub to about 4 ft wide, rooting at the nodes, or trailing down rocks; branchlets slender; leaf-bud without sinus. Leaves tending to lie in one plane, elliptic to obovate-oblong, obtuse or bluntly acute, fleshy, glabrous, dull green, [5/8] to 1[3/8] in. long, about [1/4] to [1/2] in. wide, distinctly stalked. Flowers around midsummer, white or white tinged with violet, in simple compact racemes about 1[1/2] in. long including peduncle. Corolla with spreading lobes.

A native of Chatham Island but, despite that, proving hardy in this country. Laurie Metcalfe recommends it for trailing down walls, especially in seaside localities, and gives a portrait of it in his book on New Zealand trees and shrubs (op. cit., pl. 28).



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