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Additional Hosts of Sarcochilus adversus

[Read before Auckland Institute and Museum, August 19, 1957; received by the Editor, September 3, 1957.]

In Vol. 82, Part 2, September, 1954, of the Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand I gave a list of hosts of the epiphytic orchid Sarcochilus adversus (Hook. f.), including 27 native and 4 exotic species.

The following statement was made at the same time: “After seven years of careful observation, I must conclude that Sarcochilus adversus is more common in the Waikato than in the 50 localities that I have examined in various parts of New Zealand.” Since then, my researches in Stewart Island, in various parts of Southland and Westland and in the Coromandel Peninsula have confirmed that opinion.

I am able now to record the following additional hosts of Sarcochilus adversus:

Podocarpus totara D. Don, at Brightwater, Nelson.

Rhopalostylis sapida Wendl. & Drude, at Kennedy's Bay, Coromandel.

Beilschmiedia tarairi Benth. & Hook. f., at Kennedy's Bay, Coromandel.

Sophora microphylla Ait. at Whale Bay, Raglan, and on the shores of Raglan Harbour.

Vitex lucens T. Kirk, at Whale Bay, Raglan.

Fuchsia excorticata Linn. f. on Maungakawa, near Cambridge.

Tetrapathaea tetrandra Cheesem. on Maungakawa, near Cambridge.

Leptospermum ericoides A. Rich., at Coromandel.

Crataegus oxyacantha Linn. (tree hawthorn) near Hamilton.

Fide Mrs. P. Hynes, Auckland, on Alseuosmia macrophylla A. Cunn. and on Metrosideros excelsa Sol. ex Gaertn. near Auckland.

Fide Mrs. Sanson, Invercargill, on Metrosideros umbellata Cav in Stewart Island.

M. C. Gudex, 6 Union Street, Hamilton.

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