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AGM 2020

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The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

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Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

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Botanical name:  Brachyglottis repanda
Maori name:  Rangiora
Common name:  Bushman's Friend
Height:  7 metres

Rangiora leaf

Rangiora is a shrub or small tree with stout, brittle spreading branches and occurs widely in lowland forests throughout the North Island and in the northern South Island.

The large leaves are wavy edged, broad and leathery feeling with a white underside.  Leaf undersides and branches are covered in fine, white matted hairs. 

The arrival of creamy white heavily scented flowers in early spring meant the start of the fourth month of the Maori calendar (September).


The leaf has antiseptic qualities and was used by Maori as a covering for wounds or cuts. The plants common name comes from the use of its leaves as toilet paper by early New Zealand. bushmen.


Brachyglottis is a genus of about 30 species of small trees, shrubs, vines and herbs confined to Australia and New Zealand.  There are 22 species in New Zealand.  They all belong in the daisy family (Asteraceae).  Brachyglottis means short tongue, referring to the flowers.  Repanda means irregularly undulating, describing leaf margins.

Rangiora flowers







Photography by Peter Craw
© (left) and by Neil Davies © (right)