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Unfurling

Tree Fern

Tree Fern

The mamaku or black tree fern (cyathea medullaris) is the largest of the NZ tree ferns. This is an unfurling frond from one of these trees in the bush by our house.

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Pseudopanax

Pseudopanax on a Misty Morning

Pseudopanax on a Misty Morning

Most species of the genus Pseudopanax are endemic to New Zealand, and are often used in gardens and public plantings for their stark appearance and hardy nature. The sun had a hard job against the fog that morning.

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A Wet Morning

Dripping Wet

Dripping Wet

Autumn Rain

Sumac Leaves

Sumac Leaves

The fine weather has given way to mist and rain. These leaves of a sumac shrub are all the brighter for the wet. Of all autumn colours, sumac must be one of the most spectacular, as the leaves change from green through yellow and orange to deep red.

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.

Spiral Aloe

Spiral Aloe (<em>Aloe Polyphylla</em>)

Spiral Aloe (<em>Aloe Polyphylla</em>)

I saw this fine specimen of Aloe polyphylla at Moko Artspace, Hot Water Beach.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

After the Flowers

Pohutukawa Seed Capsules

Pohutukawa Seed Capsules

The stamen have fallen off, but the developing seed capsules of the pohutukawa tree still show beautiful patterns.

Red Silverbeet

Red Silverbeet

Red Silverbeet

Auckland Botanic Gardens have a veggie garden. That’s where I noticed this appetizing red chard, highlighted by the sun. Haven’t eaten silverbeet in yonks, maybe I should try, especially in such enticing colour.

Unfurling

A Spiral of Spirals

A Spiral of Spirals

A frond of the brown tree fern (wheki, Dicksonia squarrosa) presents itself in fine light in the bush below the Titirangi Community House.

Sordid?

Bartlettina Sordida

Bartlettina Sordida

This flower, Bartlettina Sordida, originates from Mexico, but appears to be quite at home in New Zealand. Described as an “environmental weed”, it has the potential to be invasive. The plant can grow to 3-4m in height, with big, slightly rough leaves structured with purplish veins. After a stormy winter these leave might look a bit tattered, maybe that’s where the sordid part of the name comes from. They are presently in flower, a joy to behold. (Pictures taken along Scenic Drive.)

Bartlettina Sordida

Bartlettina Sordida

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