Radio NZ: Rare tree being revived on Three Kings

One of the world’s rarest trees, thought to be doomed, may have a chance for survival as conservationists fly to Cape Reinga to sow its seeds.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Goats had eaten all but one specimen of Pennantia Baylissiana by the time it was found on Three Kings in 1945.

“A DOC scientist, Peter De Lange, says the tree seemed to be female and doomed for extinction.

“But it revealed hidden transgender talents and nurserymen dubbed it Arthur/Martha after seedlings from cuttings produced one plant with male flowers – and viable seed.”