Also Known as: Matagouri, Matakoura, Tūmatakuru, Wild Irishman
Height - 4m
Discaria toumatou (NZ Native)
Matagouri is a tangle-branched, extremely thorny, divaricating shrub or small tree up to five metres tall. It has small leathery leaves close to the thorns, which are only abundant in spring or the shade. The flowers are tiny and white with no petals. It is the only New Zealand native plant that has thorns.It is most common in tussock grassland, stony areas and river beds. It is common in the eastern South Island, and found in a few coastal localities in the North Island. As with other Discaria species it fixes nitrogen. It often grows in association with mingimingi (Coprosma propinqua), porcupine shrub, native brooms (Carmichaelia species).
Approximate viable seed per gram:
Packets of 100 seeds $18
How to Grow
Recommended pre germination seed treatment: