Myosotis pansa var. pansa

Plants only found in Auckland

Endemic plants of Auckland

Plants are described as “endemic” to an area when they are only found in that area. A plant may have a range so small it is endemic just to one mountain or one island, or so large that it is endemic to a whole country. Describing endemism to the scale of a regional/local council or unitary authority is useful for Councils who manage biodiversity just in that one area they have jurisdiction over. Plants only found in one region are usually identified by Council’s in case any development, or change of management, impacts upon them. This also means when Council boundaries change, as they did in the Auckland Supercity transition in 2010, so does the list of endemic plants. Pale-flowered kūmarahou (Pomaderris hamiltonii) was once on the list of plants endemic to Auckland but now the Miranda part of its range is in the Waikato.

We have five of the eleven plants endemic to Auckland growing at Auckland Botanic Gardens: Myosotis pansa subsp. pansa, Veronica bishopiana, Veronica jovellanoides, Veronica pubescens subsp. sejuncta and Kunzea sinclairii.

Table 1. List of plants endemic to the Auckland Council’s boundary

Plant*

Area

Celmisia major var. major

Waitakere coast, Great Barrier Island

Kunzea sinclairii

Great Barrier Island

Lepidium amissum (extinct)

Waitakere

Libertia flaccidifolia

Mt Tamahunga (Warkworth)

Myosotis pansa subsp. pansa

Waitakere

Olearia allomii

Great Barrier Island

Senecio repangae subsp. pokohinuensis

Mokohinau Islands

Veronica bishopiana

Waitakere

Veronica jovellanoides

West Auckland

Veronica pubescens subsp. rehuarum

Great Barrier Island

Veronica pubescens subsp. sejuncta

Great Barrier Island, Little Barrier Island, Mokohinau Islands

* We haven’t listed the lichens, mosses or liverworts.

Veronica pubescens subsp. sejuncta
Veronica pubescens subsp. sejuncta
Myosotis pansa var. pansa
Myosotis pansa var. pansa
Kunzea sinclairii
Kunzea sinclairii
Veronica bishopiana
Veronica bishopiana