Boredom likely to blame for rare plant theft in Christchurch

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 1 Oct 2020, 6:09PM
The plant was stolen from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens ( Google Street View )
The plant was stolen from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens ( Google Street View )

Boredom likely to blame for rare plant theft in Christchurch

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 1 Oct 2020, 6:09PM

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are urging people to keep their eyes out for a rare and fashionable houseplant that was stolen from the gardens.

A variegated monstera – one of the world’s most prized indoor plants – went missing from the gardens earlier this month. 

Its distinctive white and green leaves make it valuable on the black market.

Plant enthusiast Will Page told Heather du Plessis-Allan lockdown has caused some bored plant lovers to take things to far.

"This isn't even the first time a plants been stolen from the Botanic Gardens.

"There was another variegated plant that got stolen from one of the North Island botanical gardens."

It's estimated that a cutting of the plant could be worth $3000.

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