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Rare houseplant with just nine leaves sells for £13,000

Behold: the most expensive plant to be sold on New Zealand auction site, Trade Me (Picture: Trade Me)

Dedicated plant parents will know that a rare bit of greenery is something very special.

But even those with a Monstera in every corner might balk a bit at how much this particular houseplant has sold for.

A houseplant with just nine leaves – lovely ones, yes, but there are only nine – has sold for a record-breaking NZ$27,100.

That makes it the most expensive plant to sell on New Zealand auction site Trade Me.

To be fair, it is a very fancy plant, described as a ‘very rare white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma’.

The Rhapidophora Tetrasperma is also known as the mini Monstera and Ginny philodendron, despite being neither a Monstera or a Philodendron. Confusing, we know.

It’s part of the Araceae family, and looks quite a bit like the ever-popular Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plant), but can be trickier to get hold of.

The ‘white variegated’ bit of the name refers to the pattern on the leaves; when you have two colours visible. Apparently variegated plants are all the rage right now.

Look at those leaves (Picture: Trade Me)

This particular plant was described as having ‘excellent variegation’, while the listing noted that it had ‘eight leaves with the ninth just about to uncurl’.

It sold to a bidder named ‘meridianlamb’, who managed to win out in a last-minute frenzy, following 248 bids for the plant.

A Trade Me spokesperson told CNN that the plant had over 102,000 views and was on more than 1,600 watchlists – so we imagine there are quite a few disappointed plant fans out there.

Let’s just hope that whoever landed this specimen will take good care of it.

And for those who don’t fancy dropping thousands on a single potted pal, you can find quite a few variegated Monsteras up for sale on Etsy.

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