About the plants

The aim is to collect seed of all flowering plants of the New Zealand flora, assuming the seed can be banked, but four target species groups have been identified – these are seed of the Myrtaceae, alpine flora in partciullar the forget-me-nots, kowhai along with other Fabaceae and Podocarps and other trees of the forest.

A  Lottery Grants board-funded project led by Massey University to collect study and store seed of New Zealand’s alpine flora began in 2021.

Which seeds?

Species to be collected in this project include both threatened and common species. Many threatened species have issues relating to their conservation, but as we do not know what threats any species may face in the future, banking seed of all species is a good insurance policy. The collecting programme will be focussed around four target species projects.

  • Project 1 - Pohutukawa, rata and other Myrtaceae

  • Project 2 - Alpine flora and the forget-me-nots

  • Project 3 - Kowhai and other Fabaceae 

  • Project 4 - Podocarps and trees of the forest

Pohutukawa, rata and other Myrtaceae

The group includes kanuka, manuka, a number of endangered speciesand the more common pohutukawa and rata.

Target Species One_Myrtaceae.pdf (398 KB)

Alpine flora and the forget-me-nots

There are many threatened species of alpine flora. Relatively little is known about their seed biology and behaviour.

Target Species Two Alpine.pdf (219 KB)

Kowhai and other Fabaceae

The Fabaceae family is significant to this project, as 22 of the 36 species are threatened or at risk.

Target Species Three Sophora.pdf (322 KB)

Podocarps and forest trees

New Zealand has about 676 woody plant species, with about 252 trees and shrubs and seven vines assessed as threatened.

Target Species Four_Podocarps.pdf (276 KB)