Voters' comments for Muehlenbeckia astonii

  1. Robin (1 Dec 2018)

    I am voting for this plant because likeany small-leaved shrubs it gets overlooked and written off as mereky 'scrub'. Its outrageous that recently 1/3 of the entire population of this plant which is found only I'm NZ, was destroyed. biodiversity rules on private land need to offer more protection and clarity.

  2. Sam Guerin (30 Nov 2018)

    I like it

  3. Sylvia Main (30 Nov 2018)

    An architechural plant ideal for Wellington gardens.

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  6. Tom Shanks (30 Nov 2018)

    Makes a good windbreak.

  7. Louisa narbey (30 Nov 2018)

    Amzing plant and so rare

  8. Tom Garden (30 Nov 2018)

    It is a beautiful wee shrub that may disappear from the wild. This little thing really does need some much deserved attention.

  9. Mary DeRoy (30 Nov 2018)

    This plant fills me with joy.

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  11. Joe (30 Nov 2018)

    because not all special plants are pretty

  12. Ray Spencer (30 Nov 2018)

    It is rare and attracts lizards

  13. Sam Buchanan (30 Nov 2018)

    It's fucking cool.

  14. Sally Jackson (30 Nov 2018)

    Desperately needs protecting

  15. Paul (30 Nov 2018)

    Critically endangered and little known by the public. An example of what is happening to many lesser known indigenous species.

  16. Ross Gardiner (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it is rare, unusual and not easily noticed or understood by people, so it needs to have its profile raised.

  17. Bernard Smith (30 Nov 2018)

    Wonderful habitat providing wee beastie.

  18. Jessie Spencer (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it's a rare native plant that needs more recognition :)

  19. George Stick (30 Nov 2018)

    LLOve it

  20. Olivier Hoel (30 Nov 2018)

    Endangered species which need a bit of highlighting

  21. Laura Molles (30 Nov 2018)

    It's adorable, and it's disappearing.

  22. raviv carasuk (30 Nov 2018)

    to rise awareness

  23. Francis Main (30 Nov 2018)

    It was recently cleared from Kaitorete spit and needs some attention

  24. Olinie Lapoel (30 Nov 2018)

    Such an amazing little threatened plant!

  25. Cynthia Roberts (30 Nov 2018)

    Its structure is an art form. Zigzagging reddish brown branchlets remind me of an unruly, carefree, happy character that bounces with joy. After rain the droplets on its myriad of branchlets light up the bush like a Christmas Tree. This shrub surrounds our deck and gives us daily pleasure. Rare in the wild adding to its elevated status of being very special plant

  26. Marieke Lettink (30 Nov 2018)

    It's a very attractive plant that supports lots of invertebrates (bag moths and other lepidoptera, stick insects etc) and has fruits eaten by lizards. I've seen skinks basking in this plant up to 2 m above the ground. It is also suffering from unfavourable land use (spraying of biggest stronghold population on Kaitorete Spit by insensitive cow farmer).

  27. Jacqui Wairepo (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it's awesome !

  28. Debra Wotton (30 Nov 2018)

    A beautiful plant even in winter, when it loses its leaves to show off reddish stems and a structural growth form. Jewel-like fruits provide food for native lizards. A plant that needs special attention to conserve both it and the habitat it lives in.

  29. Grant (30 Nov 2018)

    Its wiggy wig wicked

  30. Louise Green (30 Nov 2018)

    Endangered and under attack

  31. Antony Shadbolt (30 Nov 2018)

    Because astonii kind of rhymes with antony

  32. Kim (30 Nov 2018)

    A classic NZ plant

  33. Kristina Macdonald (30 Nov 2018)

    It's a bit cute + being endangered and all that jazz

  34. Sarah Crawford (30 Nov 2018)

    I was told to

  35. Karen Whitla (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it is nearly extinct

  36. Michael Mautner (30 Nov 2018)

    To save an endangered native New Zealand plant

  37. nicholas head (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it is tough and a survivor albeit truly threatened. And because I wasn't ordered to by unnamed individuals (usually in the Nth Island) who try and rig the voting system to their own means.

  38. Annabelle Hasselman (30 Nov 2018)

    Love it

  39. Helene Mautner (30 Nov 2018)

    A lovely special plant.

  40. A Collins (30 Nov 2018)

    I like the name

  41. Asher (30 Nov 2018)

    Voting on behalf of all the lizards who use these as their homes

  42. Sam Watkins (30 Nov 2018)

    Because 1/3 of it got wiped out!

  43. Elisabeth (30 Nov 2018)

    It is at risk of extinction due to land use practices and lack of management

  44. jo mcqueen (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it is unique, amazing-looking, an iconic species of dry shrubland environments, and is highly threatened with extinction (Nationally Endangered) - even more so since c.1/3 of the plants left in the wild were destroyed by a farmer earlier this year

  45. Jamie MacKay (30 Nov 2018)

    It is a great looking plant and provides excellent habitat and food for fauna species (which everyone knows is the main reason for the existence of plants)

  46. Nick Goldwater (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it so threatened and needs urgent protection. Because it provides a unique ecosystem that supports a range of indigenous fauna.

  47. Frances Forsyth (30 Nov 2018)

    Because it looks amazing planted in Wellington's traffic islands

  48. Lynette Spencer (30 Nov 2018)

    because it is a special rare plant that needs to be treasured by New Zealanders.

  49. Margaret Meehan (30 Nov 2018)

    It's a beautiful plant and very threatened. Seeing it from a distant, it's a mysterious and intriguing.

  50. diane sowerby (30 Nov 2018)

    awesome on coastal banks peninsula. want to keep it alive

  51. Sally Tripp (30 Nov 2018)

    Meulenbeckia astonii is a beautiful shrub, wirh tiny heart shaped bright green leaves. The leaves fall off in autumn to display an attractive red network of twigs and branches that brighten the winter months. It also has unusual tiny white wax-like flowers with the black seed sitting exposed in the centre. As it is rare more people will know about it if it's voted Plant of the year.

  52. Peter Heenan (30 Nov 2018)

    beautiful, characteristic divaricating plant. And the Kaitorete Spit population has suffered a recent travesty.

  53. Kelvin Lloyd (30 Nov 2018)

    Its a great plant, often used in landscaping, but increasingly uncommon in the wild.

  54. Eve Spencer (30 Nov 2018)

    Wouldn't like it to become extinct. I like to see it.

  55. Amanda (30 Nov 2018)

    Interesting and beautiful plant

  56. Amanda Baird (30 Nov 2018)

    Great architecture and stunning community it forms at kaitorete

  57. Jan Burke (30 Nov 2018)

    I love this one

  58. Dawn Shearer (30 Nov 2018)

    It's potential loss in the wild is significant yet easily overlooked by the average person without understanding more about this plant

  59. Katrin Sattler (30 Nov 2018)

    I love orchids and this little guy is super cute,

  60. Michelle Burton (29 Nov 2018)

    So pretty and I love the alternative names

  61. Bruce White (29 Nov 2018)

    Love the plant form, particularly with raindrops on

  62. Bruce Small (29 Nov 2018)

    see above

  63. Fiona Eunson (29 Nov 2018)

    Indigenous shrub under threat of extinction due to land use practices.

  64. Sandra White (29 Nov 2018)

    This plant is a delight - but threatened by habitat loss in the natural environment. I love the way it holds raindrops...which turns it into a visual treat.....a shrub of diamonds!

  65. A.G. Talbot (29 Nov 2018)

    Because it is rare and I like it

  66. Colleen Philip (29 Nov 2018)

    I adore it. I have many now in my Wainoni garden but still concerned about the fact that the place I first saw it in the wild is a perilous place for endangered plants still. I don't think I will ever have the endemic flight -less moth that lives in the Kaitorete plants - but I am hoping, you never know! It is a beautiful plant that flourishes in the tough conditions we have on our 'back dune' section. Dry sandy loam. When I first planted it I was astonished at how quickly it grew. I had babies last year!

  67. Denise Ford (29 Nov 2018)

    Great habitat/food for our native insects and lizards.

  68. Ines Stager (29 Nov 2018)

    unfortunately it is still being cleared through land development despite that there is very little left growing naturally.

  69. Jan Finlayson (29 Nov 2018)

    It's a charismatic little battler.

  70. Kowhai Thompson (29 Nov 2018)

    This is a beautiful native plant with the iconic divaricating form that sets it apart from exotic shrubs. We love the heart shaped leaves too!

  71. Malcolm Foster (29 Nov 2018)

    It's extremely rare, and we have one of the largest populations of it in the world here in canterbury (at kaitorete spit). this is under threat from the always encroaching diary industry and it would be sad to see one individual being responsible for destroying such a large percentage of the world population for the sake of fitting a few more cows on his farm. so the more attention drawn to muehlenbeckia astonii the better, hence it gets my vote.

  72. Jon Terry (28 Nov 2018)

    It's awesome.

  73. Helen Hills (28 Nov 2018)

    its naturally occurring populations are rare , and it provides habitat for many native lizards , butterflies and insects

  74. Michelle Lambert (28 Nov 2018)

    I love its divaricating nature and cute little fruits that look like flowers themselves. It's also a rare shrub that people need to know about in order to protect it.

  75. Eleanor Bissell (28 Nov 2018)

    Important in the food chain for many invertebrates & Insects and provides habitat. We need to protect existing plants and increase the plant numbers to keep a healthy environment. It is also a very attractive plant.

  76. Dean Pendrigh (28 Nov 2018)

    a good drought resistant plant for landscaping in our region

  77. judy bugo (28 Nov 2018)

    it deserves a fighting chance

  78. Paula Greer (28 Nov 2018)

    Cool plant

  79. Fay farrant (28 Nov 2018)

    As it is rare and easily overlooked.

  80. sarah wright (28 Nov 2018)

    it needs some help

  81. Robin Smith (28 Nov 2018)

    This plant deserves an award for tenacity. Despite being browsed, driven over or burnt, it's capable of rebounding. It's also become much loved in cultivation all over NZ. You can see it in traffic islands and in café gardens. Fantastic!!!

  82. Ena (28 Nov 2018)

    Because 1/3rd of the population was cleared and it provides habitat to insects, butterflys, geckos and skinks.

  83. Ian Hankin (28 Nov 2018)

    How could I not after many hundreds were sprayed and killed on Kaitorete Spit this year?

  84. Mark Parker (28 Nov 2018)

    It has recently lost 1/3 of its population to agricultural intensification, which is (in my opinion) the greatest risk to NZ biodiversity.

  85. Jess Stevens (28 Nov 2018)

    [No comment]

  86. gemma jackson (28 Nov 2018)

    A regional rarity.

  87. Melanie White (28 Nov 2018)

    I love it and it needs to be made aware of. Its beauty is in the detail.

  88. Julia White (28 Nov 2018)

    I love the fact that lots of insects can hide in the foliage, the shape of the plant and the tiny leaves and flowers.

  89. Sean Thompson (28 Nov 2018)

    Because it is beautiful and needs to be recognised and protected.

  90. Edward Wilson (28 Nov 2018)

    Iconic and threatened dryland plant. Nioce to see it much planted as an amenity plant but needs better protection in the wild and re-introduction to former range.

  91. Robyn Smith (28 Nov 2018)

    With the recent loss of plants on Kaitorete Spit and the lack of recruitment in remaining sites, this plant is in dire straits. This is also such a versatile plant. It provides nectar for lizards and butterflies and fleshy seed for lizards and birds. It is coastal, hardy and radical.

  92. Rob Wardle (28 Nov 2018)

    To highlight the plight of drylands from Otago to Marlborough under the multiple threats of agricultural and viticultural development and urban/semi rural sprawl (especially in Central Otago)

  93. Hermann Frank (28 Nov 2018)

    Rapid decline in recent years

  94. Lindsay Main (28 Nov 2018)

    Occupies a special niche in dryland ecosystems.

  95. Soren ONeil (28 Nov 2018)

    It is in extreme danger in the wild - a lovely plant that is hardy and versatile. Its also home to skinks, geckos and butterflies.

  96. Rob Smith (28 Nov 2018)

    Because I like it

  97. trevor thompson (28 Nov 2018)

    i've worked putting this plant back into its former range

  98. Tom Stein (28 Nov 2018)

    This plant is threatened in the wild but is popular in plantings. Greater profile may lead to greater protection in its natural habitat. Important species as a refuge for insects and lizards.

  99. Kay Beatson (28 Nov 2018)

    Because it provides a home for native creatures

  100. Aynsley Cisaria (28 Nov 2018)

    Our twiggy divaricating plants add so much texture in a planted landscape, plus support a wide variety of wildlife and insects.

  101. Jason Butt (28 Nov 2018)

    Going, going, gone... This plant is mostly, if not entirely, found on private property and as it is not a tree or forest species it is not viewed by some as important. It could very easily and quietly slip into "extinct in wild" status. Let's not stand by and watch that happen.

  102. Atholea Shanks (28 Nov 2018)

    It's hardy and local like me

  103. Simon (28 Nov 2018)

    Why would I not, with a common name like wiggywig it makes it sound fin

  104. Vanessa Mander (28 Nov 2018)

    Because its the plant growing the best in my garden.

  105. mab169 (27 Nov 2018)

    It's fun, you can make it into any shape, lizards love living under it in our garden and it's an awesome wind break.

  106. claire gibb (27 Nov 2018)

    It has Character!

  107. Felix Collins (27 Nov 2018)

    This is a beatiful and amazing plant that is used in the UK for flower arrangements. The fruit are beautiful and loved by my chickens. It would be a tragedy to let it go extinct in the wild or for it to not win plant of the year.

  108. Val Clemens (27 Nov 2018)

    It is a fantastic looking, hardy plant that is quintessentially Canterbury. Also a favourite of some of our very special butterfly species.

  109. Melanie Lapointe (27 Nov 2018)

    Because it is endangered and needs to be known!

  110. Craig Alexander (27 Nov 2018)

    This is such a misunderstood plant that doesn't get the attention it deserves

  111. Pete McGregor (27 Nov 2018)

    Because, given the disaster at Kaitorete Spit, it obviously needs the publicity. It also looks great and provides excellent habitat for native animals.

  112. Anita Spencer (27 Nov 2018)

    Because I've seen what happened at Kaitorete.

  113. Gillian Giller (26 Nov 2018)

    It is a great plant

  114. Miles Giller (26 Nov 2018)

    Because it is simply the best

  115. Alice Shanks (26 Nov 2018)

    This wiry shrub knows how to survive in harsh, hot, dry, windy places. Now it is in decline in the wild, eaten out by goats and stock, failing to set seed and disperse. It is our fault if the natural populations fade away, to live on as a piece of landscaping, as hedges and cute topiary.

  116. Melissa Hutchison (26 Nov 2018)

    There is no other native plant quite like it and it is such a survivor!

  117. Chelsea Hakey (17 Nov 2018)

    Because it's simply one of my favorite plants.

  118. Craig Brown (12 Nov 2018)

    I like the orange branches, the tiny flowers, its form while growing and the fact that it attracts the little copper butterflies. I also like the fact that it grows so well in the hot, dry, coastal conditions of our garden.

  119. Lisa Clapcott (11 Nov 2018)

    Threatened in the wild, great cover and food for native lizards, insects and small bird species, magical jewel-like quality after rain, deep red hues in winter, whacky divaricating nature, hardy garden plant in the dry, providing fantastic shelter and privacy.