Occasional on stream bank under kanuka forest
Ground cover near the rivers edge.
Photo shows inflorescence-like structures
Alongside old water pipe through broadleaved forest
On clay bank on margins of broadleaved forest
Gunnera prorepens, a native ground-cover plant. TOP 10 Holiday Park, Franz Josef, Westland. Photo: © Murray Dawson
Gunnera prorepens, a native ground-cover plant. Franz Josef School grounds, Westland. Photo: © Murray Dawson
There is a lot of Gunnera growing wild on the cliffs around Hawera beaches.
The Gunnerales are an order of flowering plants. In the APG III system (2009) it contains two genera: Gunnera (in family Gunneraceae) and Myrothamnus (in family Myrothamnaceae). In the Cronquist system (1981), the Gunneraceae were in the Haloragales and Myrothamnaceae in the Hamamelidales. DNA analysis was definitive, but the grouping of both families was a surprise, given their very dissimilar morphologies. In Cronquist's old system (1981, 1988), and Takhtajan's (1997), the Gunneraceae were in the Rosidae,...