Gunnera hamiltonii

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Gunnera hamiltonii

Nationally Critical (NZ TCS)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Gunnerales
Family: Gunneraceae
Genus: Gunnera
Species: G. hamiltonii
Binomial name
Gunnera hamiltonii
Gunnera hamiltonii in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Gunnera hamiltonii is a creeping herbaceous plant in the family Gunneraceae, with clusters of small (2 to 7 cm) grey-brown leaves forming a dense mat. Small green flowers are followed by red berries in the autumn.

It is one of the rarest plants in its native New Zealand, with Southland and Stewart Island/Rakiura representing two of the suspected 5 remaining natural habitats. Natural fertilisation of these plants is now difficult as the male and female plants are separate.

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