Photo of the week: Critically threatened fish-guts plant

Department of Conservation —  13/05/2015

Today’s photo shows the critically threatened herb Chenopodium detestans growing on the shore of Lake Tekapo.

Due to its strong smell, this plant is commonly called the New Zealand fish-guts plant. It’s found only in the South Island—historically in the Otago and Canterbury regions.

The critically threatened herb fishguts (Chenopodium detestans) at Lake Tekapo. Photo: Jon Sullivan | CC BY-NC 2.0.

Species such as the New Zealand fish-guts plant, are about to get improved profile with the recent announcement of a Threatened Species Ambassador role.

The role will work to raise awareness of our unique plants and animals to help reduce the risk of our threatened species becoming extinct.

Air New Zealand are contributing funding to the role for two years as part of their partnership with DOC.

Photo by Jon Sullivan | CC BY-NC 2.0.

One response to Photo of the week: Critically threatened fish-guts plant

  1. 

    what type of algae is it? Brown, Green or Red?