Seed collection in full swing at Rural Design

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Rural Design is hard at work collecting seed for 2018 and the 2019 growing season. Ecologists Heath Worsfold and Jack Warden have been investigating seed collection of a New Zealand native vine. Puawananga ('flower of the skies') is a native woody climber in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family, best known for its very attractive  white flowers. The plants produce either a male or female flower. The flowering of this species was also said to be an indication to Maori of the coming of spring and the harvest of tuna (eel).

For further reading please see:

http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1683

http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/new-plant-page/native-clematis.html

https://maoriplantuse.landcareresearch.co.nz/WebForms/PeoplePlantsDetails.aspx?firstcome=firstcome&PKey=2B97E94F-17FF-49CF-9C75-7F8E06966163