Search by Botanical Name, Common Name or Maori Name
Ecosourcing is using native plants grown from locally sourced seed. Ecosourced plants help to preserve the ecological distinctiveness of an area, and eco-sourced plants are better able to survive in the local conditions.
Ecosourcing refers to the sourcing of indigenous New Zealand plant seed from natural stands of vegetation and then planting the subsequent plants back into the same ecological district or locality from which they originated.
Ecosourcing practices preserve and continue natural, genetic diversity in local native plant populations.
Key Aspects of Ecosourcing
It is particularly important in these areas :
Reasons for Ecosourcing
The reasons why ecosourcing should be practiced when planting native plants, especially native plant revegetation and restoration planting are:
By using ecosourced plants we are contributing to the biodiversity and sustainability of our local wild plant communities.
Ecological district refers to a local part of New Zealand, where the features of the geology, topography, climate and biology, interrelate to produce a characteristic landscape and range of plant communities unique to that area.
Auckland is an ecological region comprising of seven ecological districts. The Native Plant Centre Ltd grows plants from 3 of these Ecological Districts -
Waitakere Ecological DistrictThis covers the western catchments of the Ranges and the upper half of the eastern catchments, and extends up to the southern half of Muriwai (important factor being acidic volcanic soils from the Waitakere volcano)
Tamaki Ecological District
This covers the lower half of the eastern catchments of Waitakere plus some of the Manukau Harbour shoreline and the eastern shores of Auckland (important factor being alkaline volcanic soils from Auckland's volcanic cones)
Rodney Ecological DistrictThis covers the catchment of the Kumeu River (Anzac Valley plus) within Waitakere, then broadens to the eastern shores of the Kaipara Harbour and the east coast of Rodney up to Mangawhai Harbour (important factor being lowland soils of sedimentary origin)
This refers to the variety of ecosystems types (e.g. riparian, wetlands, grasslands, forests.