Brachyglottis Repanda which is also known as Rangiora or Bushman’s friend is a shrub.
Overview of Brachyglottis Repanda or Rangiora
• This is a small and a bushy tree.
• It can also be a tall shrub.
• This plant is endemic to New Zealand.
• It can grow up to a height of 5 – 7 meters.
• The leaves are large.
• They have a soft furry underside.
• This is also termed as “Bushman’s toilet paper”.
The other common names are:
This plant was used for its medicinal properties by Maoris.
The leaves were used for:
– Old ulcerated sores
– Make poultices
• The gum was chewed for foul breath and salso can be used as note paper.
• The gum should not be swallowed as it is poisonous.
• A town is also named Rangiora which is located in the South Island.
• This tree has the largest leaves when compared to any of the tree daisies.
• The leaves grow up to 25 cms long and 20 cms wide.
The plant is common in:
– Lowland forest
– Regenerating scrub in the North Island
– Northern South Island.
• This plant bears flowers that are creamy in color and have fragrance associated with them.
• They are many in number in spring.
• The plant grows larger leaves when they are provided with moist soil and in semi-shade.
Scientific Classification for Brachyglottis Repanda or Rangiora
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Asterales
• Family : Asteraceae
• Tribe : Senecioneae
• Genus : Brachyglottis
• Species : B. repanda
• Binomial name : Brachyglottis repanda
Growing/Caring conditions for Brachyglottis Repanda or Rangiora
• This plant requires sun or semi-shade.
• It has tolerance in coastal conditions.
• It is also wind tolerant.
• It is hardy.
• It tolerates well drained soils to grow well.
• It needs wet soil and shade.
• It can tolerate maritime exposure.
• This plant is grown as a windbreak hedge or a dense ground cover.
• Its seed should be sown on the surface of the soil.
• Provide freely draining compost to it.
• Do so when it is ripe.
• Sow them in early spring.
• Grow them in a green house.
• Always ensure that the compost is not dried out.
• When the seedlings are large enough, prick them out.
• Place them individually in pots.
• Let them grow in greenhouse in their first winter.
• In late spring or early summer, you can place them in their permanent positions.
• Cuttings should be made from half-ripe wood in July or August in a frame.
• These plants are resistant to drought.
• The temperatures tolerates by this plant is down to about -15°c.
• These plants also tolerate pruning.
• They can grow back quickly after re-cutting the old wood.