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Herbaceous plants in Marlborough

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Herbaceous plants are plants that do not form any woody structures above ground, and cover a great diversity of different plant groups including grasses, many types of ferns, and many flowering plants. Herbaceous plants are widely distributed and can be found throughout Marlborough from coastal habitats to alpine regions. 

Calystegia soldanella

Calystegia soldanella

Calystegia soldanella (shore Convulvulus, nihinihi) is an indigenous flowering plant found throughout New Zealand in sandy soil along shorelines.

Thelymitra longifolia

Common Sun Orchid

An endemic NZ orchid widely distributed throughout New Zealand, common in scrubland.

Cotula coronopifolia

Cotula coronopifolia (Batchelor's Buttons)

Cotula coronopifolia is a salt tolerant herbaceous plant with small bright yellow flowers in summer, native to New Zealand found on beaches and salt marsh.

Gentianella corymbifera

Gentianella corymbifera

Gentianella corymbifera or grassland gentian is a native flowering plant found in alpine grasslands east of the Main Divide.

Kakaha, Bush Lily (Astelia fragrans)

Kakaha, Bush Lily (Astelia fragrans)

Kakaha or Bush Lily is New Zealand's most common species of Astelia, found throughout the country on the forest floor amongst native bush.

Leptinella atrata subsp. luteola

Leptinella atrata subsp. luteola

Leptinella atrata subsp. luteola is a New Zealand endemic alpine daisy found in a restricted range from eastern Marlborough to North Canterbury.

Mountain violet (Viola cunninghamii)

Mountain violet (Viola cunninghamii)

New Zealand has several plant species in the violet family including the Mountain violet (Viola cunninghamii)

Myosotis sp.

Myosotis sp.

Nearly half of the roughly 100 species of Myosotis or Forget-me-not are found only in New Zealand, including in parts of Marlborough.

Raoulia australis (Golden Scabweed)

Raoulia

Raoulia are a mat forming plant native to New Zealand found on riverbeds to alpine regions.

Raupō

Raupō (Typha orientalis)

Raupō is a distinctive wetland plant native to New Zealand, but also found in Asia.

Salicornia quinqueflora

Salicornia quinqueflora

Salicornia quinqueflora is a low growing succulent found in coastal regions, particularly salt marshes around New Zealand.

Silver Tussock

Silver Tussock (Poa cita)

Silver Tussock (Poa cita) is one of the commonest of New Zealand's short tussock grasses.

Toatoa

Toatoa (Haloragis erecta)

Toatoa (Haloragis erecta) is a small perennial shrubby plant endemic to NZ, distinctive for its toothed leaves. It is commonly sold in garden centres.

Turutu (Dianella nigra)

Turutu (Dianella nigra)

Turutu (Dianella nigra) is a New Zealand endemic plant found in a variety of habitats with distinctive bluish purple poisonous berries.

Wahlenbergia violacea

Wahlenbergia violacea

Wahlenbergia violacea or violet harebell is an indigenous flowering plant found throughout New Zealand, typically on clay soil.

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