Here are some photos from the NZ Plant Conservation Network :
Melicytus flexuosus (left)- this shrub grows up to 5m tall and was noted to have grown on the bank of the river in Otautau in 1908. It is almost leafless but has very fragrant flowers when in bloom.
Olearia hectori also known as Hector's tree daisy (right) - grows 8-10m high and was noted on the bank of a creek in Otautau also in 1908. It grows in small pockets around Eastern Southland but many trees are not on protected land. Its status is now nationally vulnerable.
Olearia fragrantissima (left) - this shrub is similar to O. hectori but has a different leaf pattern and is noted for its fragrance. It grows 5-8m tall and was seen on the bank of a creek in Otautau in 1908. It is now sparsley distributed from Canterbury to Southland.
Pseudopanax edgerleyi or raukawa (right) is a large shrub or small tree that can grow 10m or taller. Maori used to used extract the fragrant oil from its leaves. It was noted on the flanks of the Longwood Range near Otautau in 1906. It is now facing a gradual decline nationally.
I would love to see these plants back in our town. It would be a good learning experience for the local kids as well as helping to stop the decline of these plants in Southland. What do you think? Leave a comment!