Voters' comments for Rhabdothamnus solandri

  1. Cris (26 Nov 2019)

    grows on my farm and is very beautiful

  2. David Nunn (25 Nov 2019)

    I have fond memories of this plant, dating back to my days as a wee young-un

  3. Charlie Pemberton (25 Nov 2019)

    It's wonderful!

  4. Thomas Athorne (25 Nov 2019)

    In Goethe's "Zur Farbenlehre" the German polymath discusses the intensification of yellow into red, and finally into the regal 'purpur', in the positive, active side of his colour wheel. Sadly, the poet never visited New Zealand, but if he had he would have found in this beautiful flower an incredible illustration of his ideas.

  5. Pierre Riley (25 Nov 2019)

    I think it is a beautiful rare shrub with tubular orange flowers.

  6. stas (25 Nov 2019)

    i like its gentle hue of green. it reminds me of my native village.

  7. Giovanni (25 Nov 2019)

    I like this plant because the colour combination of the flowers remind me of a nice crisp sunset.

  8. Andy Bayliss (25 Nov 2019)

    It is close to my heart and means a lot to me and my sister xxx

  9. Matt Nicholls (25 Nov 2019)

    Far too beautiful to be rare and threatened. A true gem

  10. Siobhan Maglalang (25 Nov 2019)

    I am voting for the rhabdothamnus solandri because it's a gorgeous little plant with its open-ended trumpet shaped flowers perfect for pollination by birds such as tui, bellbirds, hihi, and tieke! The bright orange-red flowers add a beautiful pop of colour to any garden and it is so important that this adorable little plant continues to exist in Aotearoa!

  11. Liz Merson (25 Nov 2019)

    It is a great plant

  12. Mark (25 Nov 2019)

    It's a beautiful plant and deserves to be saved from extinction.

  13. Michael (25 Nov 2019)

    Lit name

  14. Robert Nicholas (25 Nov 2019)

    My friend told me to

  15. Jack Hodkinson (25 Nov 2019)

    The Rhabdothamnus is singular in its beauty, and commands respect like a particularly impressive nasal hair.

  16. Catherine Olver (25 Nov 2019)

    My friend Paul is passionate about it

  17. Andrew (24 Nov 2019)

    Such a distinctive plant - always a pleasure to sight!

  18. Reuben Oreffo (24 Nov 2019)

    It is a grand and slow-growing giant, a long-lived beauty struggling to cling on at this time of ecological decline.

  19. Madeleine (24 Nov 2019)

    Beautiful plumage

  20. Alex Vartzbed (24 Nov 2019)

    It is unique, delicate and special and grows just up the road in the Waitakeres...very pretty flowers, charming and not very well known...

  21. Kay Newton (24 Nov 2019)

    Because I really like it!

  22. Erin (24 Nov 2019)

    Unique and lovely!

  23. Esther (24 Nov 2019)

    Because it has a silent 'h', and they're always desirable.

  24. R (23 Nov 2019)

    Love it

  25. Jacob Davies (23 Nov 2019)

    I just really appreciate tubular flowers

  26. Sarah Bradley (23 Nov 2019)

    It's pretty

  27. Jane (21 Nov 2019)

    Why wouldn't you? It's the best!

  28. Nicholas Eves (20 Nov 2019)

    This is a marvelous plant, not only for the stunning banding patterns seen on its trumpet flowers but also for its role within the ecosystem. It is pollinated by stitchbirds, wonderfully interesting in and of themselves by being the sole member of their taxonomic family and recovering from near extinction from just a small population to a now stable population endemic to the north island. The plant itself is also endemic to the north island, giving it a special place in my heart from my days as a young boy exploring the woodlands and encountering these stunning flowers. Although not endangered I worry for their longevity as a species due to the extinction debt placed on them by the extinction of many of their pollinating birds. Surely their ability to persist due to their slow growth and long lifespan hows to us the value of taking a step back every so often from our hectic modern lives and enjoy life at a slower pace

  29. Pippa Wright (18 Nov 2019)

    a delicate bush wonder

  30. Jane Luiten (18 Nov 2019)

    Its pretty!

  31. Anthea Jackson (16 Nov 2019)

    I like the colour and it grows near where I live

  32. Michael (15 Nov 2019)

    It's the best

  33. Mike (15 Nov 2019)


  34. Viv Aitken (15 Nov 2019)

    I'm here because Paul Newton Jackson is a fan of this plant and I'm a fan of him ....

  35. Judy Newton (15 Nov 2019)

    It is so pretty and rare, so happy to spot some flowering along the Pipeline track in Waima... Also my nephew told me to :-)

  36. Tim Newton (14 Nov 2019)

    very pretty plant, seems to flower all winter and still going in Hamilton (world urban ecological restoration capital). Planted on the Hamilton East School Nature Trail and supplied by forest flora!

  37. Harry Taylor (13 Nov 2019)

    The Rhabdothamnus is my choice for its stunning bloom, the stripes of which are unusually attractive to the eye. Its appealingly haphazard shrubby growth adds to its charm as a plant, compounded by the delicate leaves that populate it and perfectly compliment the narrow stems of the shrub and together form a fine yet resilient plant that should rightly be named the best in New Zealand.

  38. Alice (13 Nov 2019)

    It is a worthy winner.

  39. Melissa Gunn (13 Nov 2019)

    Chosen by my 8yo daughter who likes the flowers

  40. Joseph Rooke (13 Nov 2019)

    The delectable stripes.

  41. Guido (12 Nov 2019)

    I wish to note this shrub's particularly splendid-yet-delicate infloresences, its highly tactile leaf surface, and its pleasingly tangled growth habit.

  42. A Hawitt (10 Nov 2019)

    A beautiful and unique shrub that deserves recognition and appreciation.

  43. Sam (9 Nov 2019)

    I like its colourful flowers, and the raspiness of the leaves reminds me of a cat tongue.

  44. Chris Whiteley (8 Nov 2019)

    Unconventional leaf shape. A delightfully eye-catching and affective flower. Nice and spindly. What's not to like?

  45. Josh (8 Nov 2019)

    Its flowers are so tubular

  46. Peter Saxon Winkelmann (8 Nov 2019)

    Truth be told, how could one not vote for this plant? The overall shape of the shrub is exceptional. On a more micro level, the texturing of the leaves is unparalleled. Lastly, the sheer "Wow! factor" of the flowering leaves the botanist to pick their jaw up from the floor.

  47. Adam Behan (8 Nov 2019)


  48. Matthew (6 Nov 2019)

    My brother recommended. He is a basic bro and this is a basic vote but what choice do I have?

  49. B.C.F. (5 Nov 2019)

    For the same reason as the stitch- and bellbirds - the humble matata offers up some of the finest nectar of all the eudicots. Its iostephanous notes are vastly less sharp than those of the negria rhabdothamnoides, but you get rather more oomph than from a feeble depanthus. Hope to see this beauty bless the North Island for many vintages to come.

  50. Damien (5 Nov 2019)

    Needless to say, my vote is cast because of this shrub's particularly splendid-yet-delicate infloresences, its highly tactile leaf surface, and its pleasingly tangled growth habit - the likes of which one rarely see in other shrubs.

  51. Elizabeth Newton-Jackson (4 Nov 2019)

    Because it's an honest little flower

  52. Steven Smith (4 Nov 2019)

    It's the most fun and stripey of all NZ's flowers!

  53. Anindya (4 Nov 2019)

    It is the finest of the plantae in the Water Hemisphere.

  54. Jacob Bradley (3 Nov 2019)

    This must be treasured before its inevitable demise.

  55. Kerry Mackereth (2 Nov 2019)

    I like the stripy flowers.

  56. Rowan (28 Oct 2019)

    A lovely, friendly little flower

  57. Clare Jackson (27 Oct 2019)

    Always a nice surprise to find turepo in flower, growing on a shady bank.

  58. Paul (27 Oct 2019)

    Lovely flowers and sandpapery leaves - it's beautiful, uncommon, and there's nothing like it!

  59. Dave FitzGerald (26 Oct 2019)

    love it

  60. Louise Thomas (25 Oct 2019)

    I love the funky stripes on the tiny trumpet flowers.

  61. Matt ONeill (25 Oct 2019)

    The flowers are a lot different in color to what you see in most other nz natives