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World's rarest plant

World's rarest plant
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Direitos de Autor: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (150)
Género: Plants
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2013-05-03
Categorias: Flowers
Exposição: f/20.0, 1/60 segundos
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Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2013-05-03 3:35
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[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Sometimes refered to as the Three Kings vine, after the small island group on which it was originally found, Tecomanthe speciosa has been known as the world;s rarest plant in its natural state. The plant, a climber, was known from just one specimen growing on Great Island in the Three Kings Group which lie just to the north of New Zealand. It was discovered in 1945. Originally believed to have been more widespread on the Islands, goats, introduced after a shipwreck in the early 20th century, soon ate the others. The sole survivor was found on a cliff so steep that even the goats couldn't reach it. The goats have since been eliminated from the islands, which are a nature reserve. Fortunately the plant grows well from cuttings & is becoming a popular garden plant in frost-free areas of northern New Zealand.
The plant is of the Bignoniaceae family and has sprays of large showy flowers burst directly from the vine. It is believed that the original polinators were bats, although nectar-feeding birds perform the taks in gardens.
These flowers are on a magnificent specimen in the Fernery at the Winter Gardens in the Auckland Domain. The plant has been flowering for about the last month & when I took this photo earlier today, look like it will continue to flower for some time yet.

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