1076 Pacific Rim hwy
Occasional areas of gunnera along the cliff top.
Gunnera tinctoria, inflorescence and resting bud,growing on margin of bush track; not sure whether mature fruit is present.
leaves have died backover winter
Plant is about 40-50 years old!
Oreti River Southland
This Gunnera grows by the side of a roadside ditch, it seems hardy and healthy in our climate. It has not attained full growth but it is certainly quite a large plant.
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,...