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Selliera radicans (Remuremu)

Kingdom: Plant
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Goodeniaceae
Genus: Selliera
Species: S. radicans
Binomial name: Selliera radicans
Common names:  Remuremu, Rekoreko, Selliera, Bonking grass

Selliera radicans is a small, hardy perennial succulent creeping native herbaceous plant that is found in coastal areas, stream sides and lake sides from sea level to alpine up to 1,000 m in the North Island, South Island, Stewart Island and Chatham Island New Zealand.
New Zealand has three currently recognised species of Selliera, but Selliera radicans is the most widespread species. The plant can grow to a height of 20cm and and patches of a width of 2m.
The glossy, fleshy leaves are up to 4 cm long, and are narrow spoon-shaped. It has small white, one-sided, scented flowers in summer.
Its name commemorates a French botanical artist (Francois Noël Sellier) of the 18th Century.
There are three forms. The Farewell Spit form is large round leaved and chunky. The Matapouri Bay form is small linear-leaved and flattish. The Common form has long linear erect leaves.
Selliera radicanscan be drenched with saltwater to contain weeds. Sold in nurseries.

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The Farewell Spit form is large round leaved and chunky.