Las Vueltas Eco Lodge, Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica
Gunnera prorepens. Fernglen Native Plant Gardens, Northshore, Auckland. © Murray Dawson
Biggest leaf 178cm diameter
Common amongst low trackside herbfield
Abundant on track and in damp trackside grassland and scrub
One of several populations that were planted to augment the small natural population
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,...