What would you buy if you had $5000? Probably a car or a luxury item – the list is endless, right? Or maybe you would end up buying a plant. Sounds bizarre? Well, not to a buyer in New Zealand, who ended up buying a tiny house plant with only four leaves for 8,150 New Zealand dollars, approximately $5333
The plant was sold by an Auckland botanist. The extremely rare variegated rhaphidophora tetrasperma, also known as Philodendron Mi
The description of the green and yellow house plant written by the seller on the website said that it has four leaves with yellow variegation on each of them.
According to Stuff New Zealand, the variegated plants are very rare and slower to grow, which is why they are sought after by horticulturalists and collectors.
Ruby Topzand, a spokeswoman for Trade Me, told LADBible, “While we have seen over 1,600 searches for minimas in the last seven days, they are far from the most popular houseplant on site. By comparison, we saw over 65,000 searches for hoyas in the past week. Hoyas are the most popular plant, followed by monsteras, succulents, and snake plants.”
nima or Variegated Minima, was sold at the whopping price during a bidding war on a trading site called Trade Me.
About 62 bids were placed on the plant, and according to Stuff New Zealand, it is the most expensive houseplant ever to be sold on the website.
An anonymous buyer told the publication that they are building a tropical paradise for which they bought the rare plant.
The person said, “We’re building a tropical paradise, it will be a bird and butterfly house with a fully-enclosed restaurant in the middle of a tropical garden, and we want to have the best collection of rare tropical plants in New Zealand inside of there.”
They added, “It’s obviously a lot more than what we really wanted to pay, but at the end of the day rare things are hard to find and it’s hard to put a value on rare things.”
Well, we have to agree on the part about the price of the plant.