kids encyclopedia robot

Carmichaelia muritai facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Carmichaelia muritai
Carmichaelia muritai, Timaru Botanic Garden, New Zealand.jpg
Conservation status

Nationally Endangered (NZ TCS)
Scientific classification
C. muritai
Binomial name
Carmichaelia muritai
(A.W.Purdie) Heenan
Carmichaelia muritaiDistNZ.png
Occurrence data from AVH

Chordospartium muritai A.W.Purdie

Carmichaelia muritai, common name "coastal tree broom", is a species of legume in the family Fabaceae. It is found only in the South Island of New Zealand.


It is found in coastal forest at Clifford Bay in Marlborough.


It was first described in 1985 by Andrew Purdie as Chordospartium muritai. In 1998, Peter Heenan assigned it to the genus, Carmichaelia.

Conservation status

In 1998 it was declared "critically endangered" under IUCN2.3 (with just 12 plants existing in the wild), and in 2018, it was declared "Nationally endangered" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.

There are just two small natural populations known. One population is seriously threatened by goats, drought, erosion and weeds, while the other is threatened by fire. Every part of C. muritai is highly sought by browsing animals (particularly, goats, possums, hares and rabbits).

kids search engine
Carmichaelia muritai Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.