June 28, 2017

The Word for Yellow

Although it has no official status as such, the Kōwhai is seen as being New Zealand's national flower. With eight species in the genus Sophora native to New Zealand, these small, woody legumes are … [Read more...]

Home, Sweet Home

Many plants provide shelter to different creatures and Heliconia around the world are no exception. Related to the banana family, these tropical plants are known for their showy looks, which are the … [Read more...]

Crimson Pride

An iconic symbol of New Zealand at Christmas is Metrosideros excelsa, better known in Maori as pohutukawa, or the New Zealand Christmas tree. This member of the myrtle family is endemic to the island … [Read more...]

One Big, Happy Family

One might think of orchids as exotic plants, growing lushly in a tropical setting. And one would be right - to a point. The orchid family, Orchidaceae, is one of the two largest families of flowering … [Read more...]

Behold the Kakabeak

On a lone island in a New Zealand harbor there grew a legume. This evergreen shrub, Clianthus puniceus, is a rare plant, commonly known as kakabeak. That name stems from its arresting clusters of red … [Read more...]

One Big Corpse Flower

Flowers come in all shapes and sizes, although the size of Amorphophallus titanum would be enough to stop anyone in their tracks. The inflorescence of the curiously named "corpse flower" can top 10 … [Read more...]

Friend of Megaherbs: Auckland Island Gentian

Known as Auckland Island Gentian, Gentianella concinna is called a companion plant in the megaherb society, growing readily alongside the megaherbs endemic to the subantarctic Auckland Islands in New … [Read more...]

Megaherb: Silver-leaf Daisy

The silvery hairs on both sides of the leaves set Pleurophyllum hookeri apart from its near relatives, P. speciosum and P. criniferum. This megaherb can be found on the subantarctic islands of … [Read more...]

Megaherb: Campbell Island Carrot

Permanently damp, that's what Anisotome latifolia likes. Known as the Campbell Island Carrot, this perennial herb can reach up to two meters in height, sporting leathery leaves with dark green to … [Read more...]

Megaherb: Macquarie Island Cabbage

Not only is it nice to look at, but Stilbocarpa polaris also can prevent scurvy. Native to the subantarctic islands of New Zealand as well as Macquarie Island in Australia, this member of the ivy … [Read more...]