New Zealand Botanical
The vast majority of New Zealand's botanical species only exist in the wild, here in New Zealand. The land has been cleared for farming, 90% of wetlands drained for the same.
Introduced animals such as thar, deer and the 70 million brushtail possums consume many of our native botanical specimens. The possums alone eat approximately 21,000 tonnes per evening. How many trees and shrubs is that? An increasing number of introduced species are jumping the fence from domestic gardens into the wild to compete with our unique natives. The number of introduced plant species in the wild is now greater than native species.
We have our own orchids and carnivorous plants, a fact not well known.
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