The beauty of Ngutukākā

We love this striking deep red Satinglas acrylic pendant, engraved with a Ngutukākā pattern, from Felt maker Wood Plus Designs.


 
Ngutukākā is named for its beautiful red flowers, which hang in clusters of 15-20 blooms and are shaped like a kaka’s beak – hence Ngutu meaning beak/lips and Kākā meaning the native parrot of the same name. Ngutukākā is a plant of special significance to Aotearoa – there are two species, both seriously threatened with extinction in the wild: Clianthus puniceus and Clianthus maximus.

Its conservation status is nationally critical and is found only in New Zealand, with its closet relative in Australia.

 

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