Leptecophylla juniperina
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Leptecophylla juniperina, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Leptecophylla
L. juniperina
Binomial name
Leptecophylla juniperina
  • Cyathodes juniperina (G.Forst.) Druce
  • Cyathodes juniperina Druce
  • Styphelia juniperina Pers.
  • Epacris juniperina Forst. & Forst. f.
  • Leucopogon juniperinus R. Br.

Leptecophylla juniperina is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae. The species is native to New Zealand and the Australian states of Tasmania and Victoria.[1] The plant's fruit is edible, raw or cooked. Plants grow best in areas with moderate winters and cool moist summers.


Three subspecies are recognised as follows:[2]

  • Leptecophylla juniperina (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) C.M.Weiller subsp. juniperina (New Zealand and Tasmania)[3]
  • Leptecophylla juniperina subsp. oxycedrus (Labill.) C.M.Weiller (Tasmania and Victoria)[3]
  • Leptecophylla juniperina subsp. parvifolia (R.Br.) C.M.Weiller (Tasmania)[3]

An example occurrence of L. juniperina is in the red and silver beech forests admixed with rimu and miro podocarps on northern South Island, New Zealand; associate understory species in this South Island forest include Blechnum discolor.[4]

Common names

Common names in New Zealand include prickly heath and prickly mingimingi. Maori names for this plant include hukihuki, hukihukiraho, inakapōriro, inangapōriro, kūkuku, miki, mikimiki, mingi, mingimingi ngohungohu, pā tōtara, taumingi, tūmingi.[5] In Australia, the subspecies parvifolia (syn. Cyathodes parviflora) is known as pink mountain berry.[6]


  1. ^ "Crown Fern (Blechnum discolor ) - photo/images/information - GlobalTwitcher.com". 13 February 2012. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Leptecophylla juniperina". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Weiller, C.M. (1999). "Leptecophylla, a new genus for species formerly included in Cyathodes (Epacridaceae)". Muelleria. 12 (2): 201.
  4. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009
  5. ^ "Leptecophylla juniperina (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) C.M.Weiller (1999)". New Zealand Plants Database. Landcare Research. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  6. ^ Cochrane, G.R.; Fuhrer, B.A.; Rotherdam, E.M.; Simmons, J.; Simmons, M. & Willis, J.H. (1980). Flowers and Plants of Victoria and Tasmania. A.H. & A.W. Reed. ISBN 0-589-50256-5.