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The New Zealand indoor plant sells for $ 19,200 in an online bidding war

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Offers for “very rare white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma” closed Sunday night, rising in the last four minutes as bidder “foliage_patch” battled the eventual winner, labeled “meridianlamb.”

Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester told CNN that the plant was “the most expensive indoor plant ever sold” at the auction site.

“After a heated bidding war in the final minutes of the auction, the rare plant had more than 102,000 views and more than 1,600 watchlists, which only shows how much kiwis love indoor plants,” he said. say in an emailed statement to CNN.

In New Zealand dollars, the bid was $ 27,100. Silvester said the average price of a Trade Me indoor plant had gone from NZD 34 in May 2019 to NZD 82 last month, with rare varieties leading to “massive prices”.

“Indoor plants have become the ‘it’ element over the last two years; we’ve seen prices rise as kiwis have risen in this new trend,” he said.

“This plant has 8 leaves and the 9th is about to develop. Each leaf has excellent variation, as does the stem, and is well rooted in a 14 cm pot,” says the description of Rhapidophora Tetrasperma provided. by the seller “Hurley88”.

“Variegation” refers to two or more different colors on the leaves of the plant.

Rhapidophora Tetrasperma is native to Thailand and Malaysia. according to the Royal Gardens in Kew’s online plant register.

Hurley88 said the status of this specimen was “used” and that collection was preferred from its location in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.

There were 248 bids for the plant.

Late last year, the same seller a varied Monstera appeared Trade Me plant which sold for NZD 6,551, promising NZD 1,000 of charitable fundraising.

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