Scree pea

Scree pea, or Montigena novae-zelandiae grows in scree in the eastern Southern Alps between 800 and 1500m. Its genus Montigena, means Mountain Born. The other 51 species in the genus are found in Australia with only the scree pea endemic to New Zealand.

The scree pea pokes its head above ground in December, and it’s pretty pink and strongly scented flowers appear for a few weeks in January at which time it is vulnerable to hares and other browsers.