Kiwi plant lovers can get their hands on more exotic houseplants if an application to allow in 12 species is approved.
New Zealand Plant Producers Inc (NZPPI) is trying to get approval to allow 12 houseplant species into New Zealand. The species included jewel orchid (macodes petola), peacock peperomia (peperomia albovittata), trailing jade (peperomia rotundifolia) and bridal bouquet (plumeria pudica).
Only two new exotic houseplant species had been approved to enter New Zealand since 1996, said NZPPI chief executive Matthew Dolan.
"I believe if we got these new species into New Zealand, there'd be a huge amount of excitement in that community. They haven't had access to anything new for decades."
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