Voters' comments for Dactylanthus taylorii

  1. william Sutcliffe (22 Nov 2017)

    It's a vote for the bats too!

  2. tabi (22 Nov 2017)

    bats love it

  3. Jane Young (18 Nov 2017)

    Importance for short-tailed bats (I've been influenced by Catriona Gower, our resident bat fanatic). And maybe one day we'll discover short-tailed bats in the Catlins.

  4. tane lawless (14 Nov 2017)

    It has been known in my family for generations . My mum told me all about it when growing up. She was in the committee around the time when they were first known to be pollinated my short tail bats. And now I protect a bunch on Maori Land. Also tracking bats with detectors currently. Very passionate about these plants and know a bit about them .

  5. Sandra (13 Nov 2017)

    because it is worthy

  6. jo horner (12 Nov 2017)

    Unique symbiotic role with the South island bats

  7. Diana Noonan (12 Nov 2017)

    It helps NA's native bat population.

  8. Penelope Gillette (12 Nov 2017)

    It deserves more recognition as a unique endemic plant which is ecologically important in more ways than anyone knows.

  9. Annette Patterson (11 Nov 2017)

    It's a very special NZ plant. Rare and beautiful. Integral to lives of short-tailed bats which pollinate it

  10. Gerard Kelly (11 Nov 2017)

    rare plant that needs to be protected more and connection with short tailed bats also an endangered animal!

  11. Stella Ramage (11 Nov 2017)

    Because it is very important to our extremely endangered Short-tailed Bat population, which pollinate it and thrive on its nectar. Not enough attention is being paid to Aotearoa's bats!

  12. Lindsey Britton (11 Nov 2017)

    People need to know about this plant not only for its extremely usual nature but because of its relationship with our seriously endangered short tailed bat! Both being in dire need of protection and conservation!

  13. Bronwyn Bain (11 Nov 2017)

    I have recently become aware of our precious native Bat, which are so special, and knowing they love this plant ,only because Catirina Gowers intense study of the Bats.

  14. Kerry (11 Nov 2017)

    I am voting for this plant due to its unique relationship with short-tailed bats; its once prized status - or the associated plant root anyway; because its relatively cryptic; and the characterisation that I once saw Avi Holzapfel give once of a bat that had consumed some of its nectar - the "bat" was drunkenly crooning.

  15. Bea (11 Nov 2017)

    Unique and fascinating part of the ecosystem.

  16. Elizabeth Purves (11 Nov 2017)

    Because our bats depend on it for survival, and it itself is threatened by possums and other non-indigenous species. More people need to know its unusual story

  17. Dave Bell (11 Nov 2017)

    Great plant, helps the short-tailed bat and is unique in its life cycle

  18. Chris Thorn (10 Nov 2017)

    Remarkable plants, no green leaves and it supports the short-tailed bat

  19. Cassian Milne (10 Nov 2017)

    I just got introduced to it by the Catlins Bat project. It is an integral component of the short-tailed bat's diet (something that is on my bucket list to see and do conservation work for). Also it sounded interesting and is beautiful with black flowers (white according to info sheet?). The more I look at pictures of it the more I want to learn about it :)

  20. Catriona Gower (10 Nov 2017)

    They are intriguing and beautiful; how could you not find them fascinating? To know they are probably as needed by the Short-tailed Bats, as the bats are needed by them, just makes them especially significant to Aotearoa's ecosystems.

  21. Lucy Roberts (10 Nov 2017)

    Been involved with looking after populations of Dactylanthus in the central north with some wonderful community groups: Project Tongariro and Taupo Forest and Bird- fascinating plant!!

  22. mieke Kapa (8 Nov 2017)

    There is still so much to know about this plant :)

  23. Daniel (7 Nov 2017)

    It is beautiful

  24. Tim Steven (7 Nov 2017)

    Very rare now and so unknown about. A fascinating 'plant'.

  25. Emily Edkins (6 Nov 2017)

    It's cool.

  26. Robb (6 Nov 2017)

    For a start it's parasitic; it's so cool it doesn't need to photosynthesize! It's common name is much better than all the other plants as well. Flower of the underworld sounds way better than boring old Nikau Palm any day.

  27. Kathryn (5 Nov 2017)

    Unique and threatened. I love its relationship with short tailed bats

  28. Monique Sutton (2 Nov 2017)

    Because it parasitises other plants, and is/was pollinated by bats and kakapo, and because the only part you generally see is the flower