Rangiora, also known as Brachyglottis repanda, is a shrub or small tree native to New Zealand. It can grow up to 3-4 meters in height. The leaves are large, broad, and deeply lobed, with a velvety texture and a greyish-green colour.
Rangiora is found in a variety of habitats throughout New Zealand, including coastal areas, wetlands, and open spaces. It tolerates a range of soil conditions and is often found in disturbed areas.
Rangiora has cultural significance to Māori. The leaves were used for weaving, and the plant has traditional medicinal uses, such as treating skin conditions and stomach ailments.
Rangiora provides habitat and food for native insects, birds, and other wildlife. Its deep root system helps stabilise soil and prevent erosion in coastal and riparian areas.
Grey Warbler: Tiny birds with a melodious song, commonly found in Rangiora forests. They forage for insects among the tree's foliage and build delicate nests on its branches.
New Zealand Falcon: A medium-sized raptor known for its agility and hunting skills. Falcons may perch on Rangiora trees while scanning the surroundings for prey.
Fantail: Agile birds known for their distinctive fan-shaped tail and acrobatic flight. They can often be spotted in Rangiora trees, where they hunt insects by fluttering and flicking their tail.
Tūī: Medium-sized honeyeaters with a unique white throat tuft. Tūī are attracted to the nectar-rich flowers of Rangiora trees, where they feed on the sweet nectar and also consume insects and fruits.
Whitehead: Small songbirds with a compact body and vibrant plumage. They may forage for insects and search for food among the branches and foliage of Rangiora trees.
Rangiora is not currently listed as a threatened species. However, local populations can be affected by habitat loss and invasive species.
To support the conservation of Rangiora and other native plants, you can avoid removing mature specimens unless necessary, participate in local restoration projects, and promote the use of native plants in landscaping.