Voters' comments for Lophomyrtus bullata

  1. Lindi Eloff (30 Nov 2018)

    This plant's beauty speaks for itself with its "globuled' mottled, multi-coloured leaves and beautiful flowers. It is also under severe threat from Myrtle rust so who knows how many will still be around in the future.

  2. Jarrod Cusens (29 Nov 2018)

    Ramarama has stunning bullate leaves and beautiful white flowers. This species needs all the publicity it can get due to the risk of significant decline due myrtle rust.

  3. Shannon (28 Nov 2018)

    A beautiful shrub with pretty flowers and hard case leaves. Makes me smile when I seen it, besides which it is so easily identified.

  4. Roko (28 Nov 2018)

    Needs a high profile as a flagship for what myrtle rust might do.

  5. Kris (28 Nov 2018)

    I like the unusual foliage. Its a neat, terribly understated plant. I have watched in dismay as myrtle rust has taken hold on cultivars of it around Auckland.

  6. Fiona Thomson (28 Nov 2018)

    Poor old Lophomyrtus bullata is highly susceptible to myrtle rust and is now considered critically threatened. I want to show it some serious love and help spread the profile of this amazing myrtle species.

  7. Maddy Thacker (28 Nov 2018)

    It is under threat from multiple pathogens such as Myrtle Rust and I like it's bubble leaves!

  8. Miles Burford (28 Nov 2018)

    I love the gradient of colours of this plant and the way it tries to display a little six pack of abs on every single leaf!

  9. Luke Liddell (26 Nov 2018)

    At risk from Myrtle rust.

  10. Jesse Bythell (26 Nov 2018)

    I love the close-cousin of this species, Lophomyrtus obcordata (we don't get ramarama in the deep south). I think the fate of these unique NZ myrtles hangs in the balance and they deserve some recognition - this is why I am voting for ramarama.

  11. Andrew (26 Nov 2018)

    An important plant.

  12. Gudrun (24 Nov 2018)

    Lophomyrtus is an interesting genus

  13. Clint (24 Nov 2018)

    I am voting because I agree with all the other comments made here about ramarama

  14. Kylie (24 Nov 2018)

    I am voting to make a point - MPI could have, and should have done better with their research prior to myrtle rust arriving in New Zealand. Let's hope that ramarama isn't the first to fail because of the previoys Government's lack of environmental vision, and MPI's well intentioned but mis-directed attempts to control the spread of that rust.

  15. Mark (24 Nov 2018)

    Not only do I like it but this 'favourite plant' voting idea can and should be used to raise the profile of plants that are unique to our country. I too worry about the impact of myrtle rust.

  16. Maj (24 Nov 2018)

    Beautiful shrub, and like those others who have voted I have serious concerns over the potential impact of myrtle rust on it and our other myrtaceae

  17. Anya (24 Nov 2018)

    I never the name of this plant, but I liked the foliage and its colouration. Sadly we had a big hedge of it on our property near Matakana and a friend of ours found myrtle rust on it. I learned two things that day, what the name of the hedge plant was and all about myrtle rust. Previously I had no idea myrtle rust existed. Now sadly I do, and I had to destroy my hedge. So I am voting also to raise public awareness of the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand's unique members of the myrtle family

  18. Willem (24 Nov 2018)

    One of the first indigenous plants I learned as a child. I have always grown it. Sadly our plantings succumbed to myrtle rust and had to be destroyed. A real pity. My vote is made to help raise public awareness of the myrtle rust issue in the hope that it doesn't become another 'money spinner' for CRI's like kauri die back has become - much to the detriment of that species

  19. Brian (24 Nov 2018)

    A singular species, always a pleasure to see it in the wild, especially when it becomes locally dominant. A real worry to think that myrtle rust may wipe it out.

  20. David (24 Nov 2018)

    I agree with the comments made by others here. Also, it's one of the few New Zealand native plants I can easily recognize...........

  21. Gillian (24 Nov 2018)

    I have seen first hand what myrtle rust does to this species, the hybrid it forms and its close relatives - both in Australia and in New Zealand. Grim. Gloom and doom aside - its a beautiful, distinctive species that is easily recognized. I appreciate seeing it.

  22. Brian (24 Nov 2018)

    I view 'vote for your favourite plant' as a mere gimmick but if that 'mere gimmick' results in creased public awareness of an issue then fair enough. Lophomyrtus is one of our few endemic flowering plant genera left (thanks to cladists and their destructive ways). It is vulnerable to Austropuccinia, and we have no way yet to secure it from that threat. So it acts as a perfect 'flagship' to highlight the need for better research funding into ways to mitigate the effects of Austropuccinia. Also it's not an orchid (Caladenia alata) shared with Australia!!!

  23. John (24 Nov 2018)

    Planted a whole hedge of it years ago, feeling pretty glum as to what Myrtle Rust will do to it. It's a neat shrub, hard case leaves, nice flowers, and it's one of our very few endemic flowering plant genera left - so a whole lot more significant to me than an orchid (Caladenia alata) shared with Australia!!!!

  24. Dave (24 Nov 2018)

    My vote is cast for the same reasons other's have given.

  25. Dan (24 Nov 2018)

    I believe it is necessary to raise this species profile - use it as a flagship for the myrtle rust cause, otherwise I fear very much most people will forget myrtle rust is an issue, until it is too late.

  26. Jess (23 Nov 2018)

    Love coming across this species out in the bush. Its devastating to see how easily this little tree is overtaken by myrtle rust. It could certainly do with a helping hand in the years ahead.

  27. Dean Sutcliffe (23 Nov 2018)

    Gets my vote for the same reasons others have given. It's always been one of my favourites, but now the biggest ramarama on our property has the dreaded myrtle rust and will have to go.

  28. Laura (22 Nov 2018)

    I agree with the sentiment being expressed here. Considering how our kauri tree has gone from a 'not threatened' conifer to a 'threatened' conifer so quickly, and viewing the mess MPI has made of that I fear the worst for species such as ramarama where MR is concerned.

  29. Waipaina Awarau (21 Nov 2018)

    Considering it is showing to be the most susceptible to MR... yes it definitely has my vote ... resistant individuals or not the population of this species could be severely reduced as a result of this pathogen... I hope it is still abundant for our mokopuna and future generations.

  30. Andrew (21 Nov 2018)

    An intriguing plant easily identified by it's bubbly, maroon-spotted, circular leaves. It rarely forms dense stands but when you find them you always know you are on to something special. Sadly it is this species, or rather the hybrid between it and L. obcordata that is the 'go to' in Auckland now if you wish to find or see myrtle rust. What's sad is that we are now seeing this rust on ramarama from time to time in the forest. My vote goes to the plant we have all by passed as being 'common place' and which only now that it may potentially go extinct are we actually beginning to appreciate as 'special'

  31. Alex Fergus (19 Nov 2018)

    A true delight to find in the forest, and sadly our poster child for Myrtle Rust (MR) risk. The most impacted (by MR) of NZ's Myrtaceae growing in Australian Botanic Gardens (Pers. Comm. Royal Tas. Bot. Gardens gardnery types), and it's looking increasingly similar here. And yes, medium-recalcitrant seeds do make seed banking all the more tricky, but some clever Wellingtonians are on to it.

  32. Lana Le Quesne (18 Nov 2018)

    I couldn't really decide, so enimeniminymoed.

  33. Alison Pickett (18 Nov 2018)

    Love it and worried about impact of myrtle rust

  34. Rob Whitbourne (18 Nov 2018)

    It is a beautiful, distinctive and unique plant. I've always liked it.

  35. Laura Efremova (17 Nov 2018)

    Because it is endangered

  36. Esther (17 Nov 2018)

    It has such interesting foliage, an edible fruit and with myrtle rust being a bit of a worry it could use some attention. Seeing it in the wild always makes me smile.

  37. Hannah Pirie (17 Nov 2018)

    A wonderful all rounder! Beautiful foliage, fragrant,starry flowers and beautiful berries. Excellent left to grow naturally or trimmed into a hedge or shape.

  38. Emanuele (13 Nov 2018)

    Lophomyrtus reminds me of Myrtus communis. I worry very much if you loose it, as I worry if we loose our mirto. Austropuccinia has yet to reach our island.

  39. Theo de Lange (8 Nov 2018)

    I have been helping survey for Myrtle Rust and been horrified about the impact this rust is already having on cultiuvated plants of Lophomyrtus (especially the hybrid one). I like this plant because it reminds me of mirto (Myrtus communis) a plant used in Sardinia to make a range of very strong alcoholic drinks (mirto rosso epsecially), medicines, cure all's etc.

  40. Peter de Lange (8 Nov 2018)

    On a time I never gave ramarama much regard. Too common and easily identified because of the bullate leaf. Ecologically mostly minor 'noise' in our ngahere. Now though, that this is one of the key species being severely impacted by myrtle rust, I am minded of the passenger pigeon - so common it's flocks darkened the skies of the USA, no one gave it any regard, and now it's extinct. As the passenger pigeon so nicely demonstrates, even 'common place' can go extinct and quickly. Let's hope ramarama and rohutu - an endemic lineage of New Zealand Myrtaceae doesn't go under. I don't wish to be pessimistic here but frankly I am right now. I want my future whanau to see this plant as 'common place' not as dead bits in herbaria.