Beautiful Manuka

This lovely manuka or teatree was flowering in the native area at Dunedin Botanic Garden on Christmas Day 2019. I took these about 3.30pm. Dunedin, New Zealand.

This particular manuka is Leptospermum scoparium ‘Wiri Amy’. The ‘Wiri’ signifies that this plant originated from the Leptospermum breeding programme at the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, Manurewa.

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Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. Is this the tea tree that’s used in soaps and lotions? I think it might be. When I looked up the soap, one of the sites mentioned Australia. Tea tree oil’s said to be antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic, so it’s a great addition to vegetable soaps.

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    1. This is the same. Australia also has Leptospermum species but a bit different – their flowers are different-looking to ours. Manuka honey is the big thing for NZ, quite a money-spinner I believe and it’s supposed to have special health benefits. NZ and Australian species are being crossed to get even more variety in the flower characteristics. There are beautiful cultivars of NZ manuka and some of the crosses with Aussie species are also wonderful. Really awesome tree.

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      1. I’ll be darned. The same antibacterial properties that make the soap so good are present in the honey, which is used topically for wound healing and such. That really is quite a tree!

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        1. It seems that the same species as here in NZ is also present in parts of Australia and that the main contention is really about the use of the name manuka which is a Maori word and therefore special to NZ. A lot of investment has been made in research and quality control in NZ therefore it’s understandable that our producers would want to retain the word ‘manuka’ exclusively for NZ production.


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