Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

April 23, 2012

Young Growth

Filed under: Bethells Beach,Patterns,Plants — paul @ 8:47 am
Nikau Leaf Unfurling

Nikau Leaf Unfurling

On a recent outing to Forest and Birds’ Matuku Reserve above the Bethells wetlands, I noticed this beautiful colour in amongst the predominantly brown/grey and dark green tones: The young shoots of the Nikau palm (rhopalostylis sapida) start out as tightly packed spikes which then open out gradually, harmonica style, revealing these unexpected hues.