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Serendipitous supply
When the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust wanted to give a gift of plants, locally sourced from Rarangi Beach, east of Blenheim, they came to Oratia. Not only could we provide an eco-sourced species, it was also a plant which had since disappeared from the region!

This is the Trust's story.

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Collospermum hastatum
Height: 1m;  Spread: 1m
Kahakaha (Lily & Iris-like)
Wide fleshy bright green flax-like leaves. Epiphytic, living in tree branches. Do not plant into ground as it needs a free draining site under shade. Useful pot plant.
» Click here for more detailed information on epiphytes...
» Click here for our Collospermum hastatum article published in The Fringe, March 2015 ...
» For a landscaping perspective on Collospermum hastatum see this article by O2 Landscapes...
Photo gallery:
Some very large Kahakaha remain growing in the branches a dead tree, Waimamaku
The characteristic dark brown at the centre of the radiating fan shows clearly in this young Collospermum.
The thick skirts of dead leaves hanging below mature Collospermums can produce some amazing sculptural effects.
A female Collospermum showing off its brightly coloured seed spikes.