The scientific name is a bit of a mouthful but this is a pretty and unusual shrub that’s endemic to New Zealand, and grows to 8m. It has really interesting leaves that have a blistered appearance – so unusual that you feel drawn to touch a leaf to see what the surface feels like. The Maori name for this plant is ramarama.
Lophomyrtus: From the Greek lophos (crest) and myrtus (myrtle)
Photos taken by Nigel at Oamaru Public Gardens 05 Sept 2019
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Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)