The auction for the ‘very rare white-variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma’ closed on Sunday evening, rising in the last four minutes as bidder ‘feuillage_patch’ faced off against the eventual winner, tagged ‘meridianlamb’.
Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester told CNN the plant was “the most expensive houseplant ever sold” on the auction site.
“After a heated bidding war in the closing minutes of the auction, the rare plant has had over 102,000 views and over 1,600 watchlists, showing just how much Kiwis love Kiwi plants. interior, ”she said in a statement sent to CNN.
In New Zealand dollars, the bid was $ 27,100. Silvester said the average price of a houseplant on Trade Me has risen from NZD 34 in May 2019 to NZD 82 last month, with rare varieties commanding “massive prices.”
“This plant has 8 leaves of which the 9th is about to unfold. Each leaf has excellent variegation, as does the stem and is well rooted in a 14cm pot ”, states the description of Rhapidophora Tetrasperma provided by the vendor“ Hurley88 ”.
“Variegation” refers to two or more different colors in the leaves of the plant.
Rhapidophora Tetrasperma is native to Thailand and Malaysia, according to the Royal Kew Gardens Online Plant Registry.
Hurley88 said the condition of this specimen was ‘used’ and that pickup from its location in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, was preferred.
There were 248 bids for the plant.
Late last year, the same seller listed a variegated Monstera plant on Trade Me that sold for NZD 6,551, pledging NZD 1,000 of the proceeds to charity.