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Pittosporum fairchildii

Fairchild’s kohuhu

About the plant

Pittosporum fairchildii is found only on the uninhabited island chain the Three Kings Islands, 50km north of New Zealand’s North Island.

  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
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Facts

  • Usually found in the forest understorey
  • Vulnerable to random events like landslides
  • Threatened by introduced goats and livestock
  • First described by Thomas Cheeseman in 1887

Manawatawhi – Three Kings Islands

A long time ago Rauru Kitahi, chief of the people of the Far North, swam from Te Rerenga Wairua to Manawatawhi. Having arrived there in an exhausted state, he called the place Manawa tawhi, or ‘panting breath’.

Centuries later, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman anchored at the Islands in search of fresh water. As it was the twelfth day after Christmas, the Feast of the Epiphany, he ‘named’ the Islands the Three Kings, after the biblical three wise men.


Thomas Cheeseman

Pittosporum fairchildii was first described by botanist Thomas Cheeseman in 1887, he sent a dried specimen back to Kew. Our plant in the Temperate House was grown from seed collected in 1970 from the same location where Cheeseman first made his discovery.

Three Kings Islands archipelago are a group of 13 uninhabited islands
  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Click on icon to reveal more