MORE INTERESTING PLANTS – New Zealand

More interesting plants – New Zealand features plants worthy of mention for various reasons. Some are endemic, some are threatened, and some more have and/or had economic value for the first people of New Zealand, the Maori. Below are photos generally taken outside botanic or public gardens.

Different websites provide information on the New Zealand flora:

http://nzflora.landcareresearch.co.nz/

http://www.nzflora.info/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora_of_New_Zealand

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NORTH ISLAND

THE KAURI TREE

The Kauri tree (Agathis australis) is a conifer endemic to the northern part of the North Island, and some very old specimens still exist. They can reach heights of 50 meters (164 feet). Because of their high value as timber, kauri trees were extensively decimated for shipbuilding and construction. Today the few remaining stands are protected.

FLAX

Flax is historically important in New Zealand. The plant fiber was extensively used by the Maoris for textiles, rope, sails and baskets.

GOVERNMENT GARDENS, Rotorua

Other plants on the North Island

SOUTH ISLAND

TREES

FLOWERS

Other plants on the South Island

Although technically not ‘plants’, the following are also included here.

A site about Gardens and Monarch Butterflies