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Category: Plants (page 1 of 7)

After the Rain

Clematis paniculata seed heads

Clematis paniculata seed heads

Clematis paniculata seed heads after the rain (which seems to be a permanent fixture). At Arataki Visitor Centre today.

Lines

Bromeliad

Bromeliad

Whau

Whau (Entelea Arborescens)

Whau (Entelea Arborescens)

Last flower on a bush smothered in seed pods – still soft and green, soon to develop into brown and prickly. Whau (Entelea arborescent).

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Curly

Blechnum Fern

Blechnum Fern

Next to our front door we have a blechnum fern. Always enjoy seeing the unfurling fronds.

You might notice the bits of ‘fluff’ here: the nymphs (“fluffybums”) of the passion vine hopper are already out and about. I am puzzled how these teeny critters can appear in force on totally new vegetation (i.e. a long distance away from where eggs might have been deposited at the end of the previous season).

Scolypopa Australis

Scolypopa Australis

Bamboo Curtain

Bamboo Curtain

Bamboo Curtain

Bamboo Hedge on Forest Hill Road.

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Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

A bit of fun in black and white.

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From a Bush Walk

Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Looking down on lush growth of parataniwha and some golden-brown dead fern fronds along the way. (With a bonus puriri flower.)

Behind the Fence

Behind the Fence

Behind the Fence

The wire fence casts shadows on the fan of New Zealand flax behind.

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Nepenthes

Nepenthes

Nepenthes

A few years ago I was given a pitcher plant (Nepenthes sp); it is presently in flower, having produced a single spike. The rather insignificant flowers looked pretty in the late afternoon light.

Nepenthes are carnivorous plants, luring their prey to a drink from the water collected in the body of the trap. I must confess that I have not had the patience to observe the feeding habits of the plant…

Nepenthes

Nepenthes

Fern

Opening up

Opening up

Unfurling frond of a black tree fern (mamaku, cyathea medullaris).

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