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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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Entelea arborescens
Height: 5m;  Spread: 4m
Whau (Tree)
Large, soft leaves. Large white flowers (spring), spikey seed pods. Fast growing in rich soils. Grows in sheltered coastal valleys.
Photo gallery:
Tree from Christchurch Botanic Gardens Dec 2008
Whau seed head Whakatane ec.08
Last Year's Seedpod
This large whau nestles in the shelter of the back dunes south of Karekare on Auckland's West Coast.
The new season's flowers with last year's seed pods just behind.
Entelea arborescens flower, Oakley Creek, Auckland
..from a large specimen at RMBG.