Recently, an auction site in New Zealand sold a “very rare white multi-colored betel nut” for NZ$27,100 (US$25,094, more than VND 570 million). Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester told CNN it was the “most expensive houseplant ever sold” on the site.
“After a fierce auction to the last minute, this rare tree has more than 102,000 views and more than 1,600 watchlists. It shows how much New Zealanders love this plant.“, said Ms. Silvester. It is known that the average price of a houseplant on Trade Me has increased from NZ$34 in May 2019 to NZ$82 last month with rare varieties at hefty prices.
“Indoor plants have become trendy in the past few years. We’ve seen prices go up as more New Zealanders start following this new trend. This betel nut has 8 leaves, the 9th leaf is about to open. Each leaf has beautiful spots of color when grown in a 14cm tall pot“, described Hurley88, the owner of this sawn-leaf betel nut.
Betel nut is native to Thailand and Malaysia. Hurley88 says the specimen’s condition is “used” and will prioritize delivery in Auckland. There were 248 bids for this betel nut tree until it reached its final bid.
Last year, it was Hurley88 who registered to sell a sawed betel nut on the Monstera site and earned $6,066. This person promised to give 925 USD to charity.
(According to CNN)