Gunnera hamiltonii

Gunnera hamiltonii photographed at Logan Botanic Garden, Stranraer, Scotland, UK

Gunnera hamiltonii forms a mat of herbaceous vegetation. The green to bronze, round and toothed leaves are 0.7–1.2 in (1.7–3 cm) long and 0.4–1 in (1–2.5 cm) across. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. The female flowers are tiny. The fruits are red or orange.

This endangered plant is found in sandhills. There are small populations at Doughboy Bay and Mason Bay on Stewart Island, New Zealand, but both are at risk. Fortunately Gunnera hamiltonii is easy to grow in cultivation.

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