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Category: Plants (page 2 of 7)

Reeds

Raupo

Raupo

Raupo (Typha orientalis, bulrush) from a wetlands by the Whau river, New Lynn

Fluffy

Himalayan Fairy Grass

Himalayan Fairy Grass

The older, less maintained parts of the Waikumete Cemetery are covered with this grass: Himalayan Fairy Grass (miscanthus nepalensis). Like many pretty things, it’s classed as a weed (invasive, clumping).

Here the fluff in the sky competes with the fluff on the ground.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

Euphorbia

An invasive weed, leaves are a distinctive lime green – not visible in black and white. The milky sap has medicinal uses.

Palm Leaf

Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Washingtonia Palm Leaf

Backlit by the sun and inhabited by passion vine hoppers.

Cacti

Cacti

Cacti

Seen at the Avondale Markets.

Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata in Bloom

Agave Attenuata in Bloom

A beautiful arch of a flowering stem of agave attenuata can be seen by the roundabout in Blockhouse Bay.

Winter Agapanthus

Winter Agapanthus

Winter Agapanthus

I like them at all times: in full bloom and colour, the seedheads, or just the bare ball of spikes.

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: Bottlebrush

Painted Utility Box: Callistemon

Painted Utility Box: Callistemon

This utility box is situated at the intersection of Godley Road and Castleford Street, Green Bay. Tucked away in the shade, it mirrors a nearby shrub of bottlebrush (callistemon).

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

Bottlebrush, Callistemon

Whau in Bloom

Whau Blossom

Whau Blossom

Whau (Entelea arborescens) is a New Zealand native shrub or tree, quite popular nowadays for plantings at motorways. They are flowering at the moment, and we saw a huge specimen bulging out of the grounds of Government House, shown below.

The prickly seedpods have featured in earlier posts, here and here.

Whau Tree in full Bloom

Whau Tree in full Bloom

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