Tecomanthe speciosa - Three Kings Vine(NZ Native)
Tecomauthe is a tropical genus not otherwise represented in New Zealand Tecomanthe speciosa is a vigorous twining climber of tropical appearance growing up to 10m in height. The glossy, thick compound leaves consist of up to five leaflets. In autumn or early winter it bears long cream-coloured tubular flowers that emerge directly from the stem in large clusters Tecomanthe speciosa requires warm conditions, and is very sensitive to frost, suffering damage if the temperature drops below -2C. The seedlings grow vigorously, and may flower within two or three years.The Tecomanthe speciosa StoryOnly one plant away from extinctionA solitary plant of Tecomanthe speciosa or the Three Kings Vine was discovered on the Three Kings Islands, 55 km off the northern tip of New Zealand. No other specimens have ever been found in the wild.Although the plant may once have been common on the Three Kings, by the time of its discovery goats that had been introduced to the islands had reduced the entire population to a single specimen, making it one of the worlds most endangered plants. The remaining specimen grew on a cliff that was so steep, that even the goats could not reach it. It was rescued by horticulturalists who took cuttings from the original plant and goats were subsequently eradicated from the island. The original specimen still grows in the wild, and has developed more vines through the natural process of layering in the years since its discovery. Current Conservation Status is listed as Nationally Critical
Recommended pre germination seed treatment: Seed germinates without pre treatment. Sow seed direct from packet & keep moist until germination is complete.
Viable seed per gram:50
Packets of 100 seeds $12
5 grams $38.00