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Autetaranga/Sand Daphne Pimelea villosa

Endemic. At risk-declining.


This plant is on the threatened species list as it is either scarce or extinct over much of Aotearoa New Zealand. Multiple threats are recorded and similar to those of other dune plants with the addition of grazing by possums and rodents eating seeds.


Full grown plants can reach 1.5m and accumulate large amounts of sand, making them effective sand binders. Although it is difficult to propagate from seed, it is thriving and propagating profusely all year round in the Dune Garden, including in some of the wetland areas. Ngāti Raukawa accords Autetaranga a special place as a decorative plant in their traditions.

NZPCN-Sand Daphne

CoastalRestorationtrust- Sand Daphne

iNaturalist-Sand Daphne

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