New Zealand’s Native Forest Restoration Trust saves a super-rare flower

This 2009 article describes how the Native Forest Restoration Trust in New Zealand “accidentally” saved a very rare flower, and were calling on local residents to plant it to expand its very small range. If any REVITALIZATION are familiar with the current state of the flower’s population, please update us in the Comments section below (available to subscribers only).

Botanists are calling on home gardeners to help save a native plant, nicknamed “bamboozle” for its confusing beginnings, that has been newly discovered in a forest northwest of Auckland.

Only three white-flowered Veronica jovellanoides have been found in the wild, prompting botanists to ask the public to help save the ground shrub by planting a few in their gardens.

They say the bamboozle is probably doomed in its woodland home, a cool hollow near Woodhill Forest about 30 minutes from Auckland.

It appears to have been saved so far by the chance protection of the 20ha patch of native forest by the Native Forest Restoration Trust.

See full 2009 article.

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