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Nikau Flowering

Nikau Flowering

Nikau palms (Rhopalostylis sapida) are NZ natives. Their leaf base encapsulates a bulbous growth cone, and when the leaf falls off, a flowering bract is revealed. In the picture above, the flowers have just emerged from the protective sheath. From our “garden”.

More nikau posts.

Nikau Flowering

Nikau Flowering

Nikau Palm

Nikau Palm, New Lynn

Nikau Palm, New Lynn

The construction of the New Lynn Railway Station and Bus Interchange was accompanied by extensive landscaping. Native Nikau palms were planted, creating a tropical feel. Sometimes these plants can look a bit scruffy, like in this example, but they will shed the old leaves and look like new.

The rust-clad building is part of the Merchant Quarter development, probably a parking building. An apartment tower is planned to go on top, and apartments are being pre-sold now.

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Painted Boxes: Nikau and Kereru (Monique Endt)

Painted Boxes: Nikau and Kereru (Monique Endt)

Painted Boxes: Nikau and Kereru (Monique Endt)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This transformer is outside 13, Forest Hill Road, Henderson. It depicts New Zealand Wood Pigeons gorging themselves on the ripe berries of the nikau palm. The backdrop is the sea and the volcanic Rangitoto Island.

Painting by Monique Endt. Monique is a local artist and has featured here before.


Edit:
This box has been replaced by another, also painted by Monique Endt.

 

Fale Ula (Niki Hastings-McFall)

Fale Ula (Niki Hastings-McFall)

Fale Ula (Niki Hastings-McFall)

Aotea Square is a hub of festival activities. “Responding directly to the site of Aotea Square, Niki Hastings-McFall has “polynised” the green space of Aotea Square into a vibrant, living artwork – a site of contemplation, relaxation, gathering and sharing in the form of an open-air fale (Samoan House).”

Commissioned and presented by Auckland Arts Festival.

Well-dressed Nikau Palm

Well-dressed Nikau Palm

Buzzy Bee

Buzzy Bee

Buzzy Bee

Supersized version of an iconic kiwi children’s toy – this decorates the entrance to the Nikau Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Muriwai.

Woodpigeon (Kereru)

Kereru - New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru – New Zealand Woodpigeon

A shot from yesterday: this woodpigeon was resting in a wineberry tree, probably after having overeaten on the berries of a nikau palm close by. Very tolerant of my approach – only the sun was missing, would have given a better sheen on the feathers.

Kereru - New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru – New Zealand Woodpigeon

Library Lane #2

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

We showed the graphic art in the narrow Library Lane, Glen Eden, in an earlier post. The opposite walls are decorated with sculptures indicating cabbage trees, ferns and nikau palms, all common throughout the Waitakere Ranges. (Artist unknown)

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Library Lane Sculptures

Berries

Nikau Berries

Nikau Berries

The nikau palm takes almost a year from flower to ripe fruit. New Zealand woodpigeons love these berries.

Basque Park

Basque Park, Eden Terrace

Basque Park, Eden Terrace

This is a very attractive open space in Eden Terrace. The park in its present form was created about ten years ago, designed by landscape architect Ted Smyth. Plantings of nikau palms and circular arrangements of stone make for visual interest. The five rocks incorporated in the water feature symbolise the five stars of the constellation of the Southern Cross.

Water Feature

Water Feature

Young Growth

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.

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