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Gaultheria snow berry

November 28th 2004

Gaultheria antipoda G. depressa

These are our Ericaceous dwarf shrubs. Mature seed may be collected in late summer or early autumn. The three species mentioned need light for germination, and are little effected by stratification. Germination may be slow with a burst about 3 weeks after sowing. Germination can proceed spasmodically for 3 or 4 months. However, in the wild germination and establishment of some seedlings would occur before winter, with shade or low temperatures suppressing germination until spring for some individuals. The strategy seems to be rapid germination with the possibility of some germination over a much longer period.

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Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on ThemA Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New ZealandGardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native PlantsTrees and Shrubs of New ZealandThe Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees