June 23, 2017

Kumarahou Power

Plants from Middle Earth

Garden Maine’s New Zealand Extravaganza – Celebrating a Completely Unexpected Journey

Anna Paton Photo | Pomaderris hamiltonii - Kumarahou

Anna Paton Photo | Pomaderris hamiltonii – Kumarahou

Anna Paton Photo | Click to enlarge

Anna Paton Photo | Click to enlarge

A threatened species is Pomaderris hamiltonii, known in Maori as Kumarahou.Endemic to New Zealand (see explanation below), this tree is a pale-flowered titan known for its medicinal properties, including treating chest ailments such as bronchitis, asthma and colds, along with treatments for skin disorders and kidney ailments. This member of the Buckthorn family is native to the Auckland region of New Zealand, which is the northern tip of the North Island. It grows up to about 12 feet in height.

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Photographs kindly provided by Anna Paton of Auckland, New Zealand, at Auckland Botanic Gardens in November 2012. For a brief interview with Anna, click to read here.

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“New Zealand’s flora is described as being unique due to our long isolation many thousands of years ago. We have some 2,357 different plant species and approximately 80% of them are endemic, meaning they don’t occur anywhere else in the world.”

– From the Auckland Botanic Gardens website

Anna Paton Photo | Pomaderris hamiltonii – Kumarahou

Anna Paton Photo | Pomaderris hamiltonii – Kumarahou

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How did all this come about? You can read about how Janine Pineo of Garden Maine found Anna Paton, more than 9,000 miles away, as the crow flies. If a crow could fly 9,000 miles like that. Click here for that story.