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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.…

Nikau

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.…

Location Signs: Cornwallis

Location Sign: Cornwallis

Location Sign: Cornwallis


This is the sign at the entrance to the tiny beach community of Cornwallis (map). It depicts native icons: nikau palm, kowhai blossom, and kereru (NZ wood pigeon).

Artwork by Chris Hunt.…

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Ambrico Place (map), New Lynn, is a no exit street off Rankin Avenue, oposite of the Monier Brick Factory. Its entrance is flanked on either side by such a mosaic sign – seen here in the light of the morning sun with the background totally in the shade – recalling some of the local features: the kiln (subject of yesterday’s post), stacks of bricks that would have been produced here, pottery items, and creepy-crawleys like gecko and centipede, as well as nikau palms.…

Pararaha Landscape (Dean Buchanan 2006)

Dean Buchanan, Pararaha Landscape (2006)

Dean Buchanan, Pararaha Landscape (2006)


Waitakere Central, the administrative Centre of Waitakere City, is connected to the main centre of Henderson by an overbridge which also is the only access to Henderson railway station. This window shows the unmistakable art by Dean Buchanan, celebrating Auckland’s wild West Coast and the bush of the Waitakere Ranges.…

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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