One of New Zealand’s most endangered plants…..
This is a very special New Zealand plant.
Originating from the Three Kings Islands; (a small group of islands just off the north of the North Island of New Zealand), Tecomanthe speciosa (or native bignonia), was discovered by botanists in 1946.
Because these rugged and windswept islands were always kept populated with goats (incase of a shipwreck where there would be a source of food available for survival), these goats had ravaged all but one specimen of this vine!
The botanists brought the surviving plant back to the mainland and propagated it. Today, all the plants we have today are descended from this one plant.
It is a hardy growing twining climber that needs a strong pergola for support.
You can see Tecomanthe speciosa in flower on our tour during the Autumn months.
Later on, giant pods appear…They take quite a long time to “ripen” and turn brown, but there are sooo many seeds inside the pods!!