Ground Report | News Delhi: This Plant sold; A rare plant with only nine leaves sold for a record 14,000 pounds (about 1.5 million rupees) during a bid on an online auction site in New Zealand.
This Plant sold for 15 lakhs
The bidding for this rare and diverse species of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma continued for a week in a frenzy, ending on Sunday night when a user named ‘Meridianlamb’ bid on the user ‘Foliage’ Peach won the auction.
A spokesman for the website TradeMe told CNN that it was the most expensive home-grown plant on their website.
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“Until the last minute of a fiercely competitive auction, the number of visitors to this rare plant was more than 120,000, with 1,600 on the watch list,” Trade Me’s Sylvester said in a statement. It proves how much the Kiwis love the plants they keep at home.
He said that since May 2019, the average price of houseplants has gone up while the prices of rare plants have gone up.
He added: ‘Indoor plants have become something special over the last two years. We have seen a steady rise in their prices in New Zealand and this trend is growing.
Plant has eight leaves
According to the details of this plant available on the website, this plant has eight leaves while its ninth address is coming soon. All its leaves and stems are diverse and it is planted in a 14 cm pot.
This is not the first time that Rafidophora Tetrasperma, also known as Mini Monsterra, has been sold at such a high price. Earlier, in August 2020, an unknown person bought a plant of the same breed from the same website for 3,756 pounds.
Mutations in this plant, found in southern Thailand and Malaysia, diversify the leaves and increase their value.
The plant was first discovered in 1893 by British botanist Joseph Hooker, according to the website Garden Best. This plant grows in the sun and can grow up to 12 feet tall.