Gahnia pauciflora, John Sumich

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    Jacqui
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    John Sumich (Ark Management Committee) advises:

    Robert Hoare looked for Dodonidia on the Cutty Grass track (Waitakeres) where lots of Gahnia pauciflora are and there is also a moth that specifically likes that species for its larval form. If you can’t find plants seed will be your next best and I add the following although you may well be aware of this [it refers to G. pauciflora]

    PROPAGATION TECHNIQUE
    Can be difficult to cultivate. The seed is difficult to germinate, and plants resent root disturbance and usually die if transplanted. However, considerable success has been achieved growing plants and/or germinating seed in untreated saw dust. Despite these problems this is an attractive species well worth attempting to grow. Once established it flourishes in a range of conditions but does best in full sun in a well drained or only seasonally wet soil.

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