Dracophyllum longifolium

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Dracophyllum longifolium
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Scientific classification
D. longifolium
Binomial name
Dracophyllum longifolium

Dracophyllum longifolium, commonly called inaka (from Māori), is an upright shrub or small tree that is endemic to New Zealand.

D. longifolium grows mostly in the South Island but is found throughout New Zealand from sea level up to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft). Inaka occurs in open forests where it can grow as high as 11 metres and in sub-alpine areas it generally reaches 1–1.5 metres (3 ft 3 in–4 ft 11 in)

D. longifolium has thin branches that become marked with rings as old leaves die. The needle-like long leaves are 3–5 millimetres (0.12–0.20 in) wide and up to 25 centimetres (9.8 in) long with a pointed tip and are often softly coloured from green through to orange and brown.

Inaka is a long-lived plant and can survive for up to 220 years.[1]


  1. ^ "Dracophyllum longifolium (Inaka)". Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network. Retrieved 8 September 2012.