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.
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, Auckland 1072, suburb of Saint Johns, University of Auckland Tamaki Campus.
Habitat: Growing extensively at pond margin.
Identification: Gunnera tinctoria (Molina) Mirb., 1805.
About 6 plants noted on the banks of the Tauherinikau River near a small gravel beach.
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,...