Rhagodia nutans, R. Br., var. novæ-zealandiæ.
Apparently it was first observed in this colony by Dr. Hector, who supposed it to be a form of Chenopodium triandrum with succulent fruits. Sir Joseph Hooker, in the supplemental reference to C. triandrum in
the Handbook of the New Zealand Flora, writes,—“Hector observes that the utricle is fleshy.” It is somewhat remarkable that this statement did not suggest the possibility of the plant in question being a Rhagodia since the fruits of all our Chenopodia are dry.
On examining the specimens of Chenopodium triandrum in the herbarium of the Colonial Museum, I observed specimens of Rhagodia from The Brothers rocks, and other localities not stated, but probably in the vicinity of Wellington.
It is worthy of remark that no fewer than nine genera formerly supposed endemic in Australia have been added to our flora since the publication of the “Handbook.” They are:—