More interesting plants – New Zealand features plants worthy of mention for various reasons. Some are endemic, some are threatened, and some more have and/or had economic value for the first people of New Zealand, the Maori. Below are photos generally taken outside botanic or public gardens.
Different websites provide information on the New Zealand flora:
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THE KAURI TREE
The Kauri tree (
) is a conifer endemic to the northern part of the North Island, and some very old specimens still exist. They can reach heights of 50 meters (164 feet). Because of their high value as timber, kauri trees were extensively decimated for shipbuilding and construction. Today the few remaining stands are protected. Agathis australis
Old kauri tree stump, Manginangina Scenic Reserve, North Island
Kauri tree stand, Manginangina Scenic Reserve, North Island
Silent admiration is in order when visiting a giant kauri tree stand.
Flax is historically important in New Zealand. The plant fiber was extensively used by the Maoris for textiles, rope, sails and baskets.
Flax is growing wild in New Zealand. This one is at Cape Reinga, North Island.
Flax with inflorescence, Cape Reinga, on the Tasman Sea side, North Island
Close up of a flax in Auckland, North Island
GOVERNMENT GARDENS, Rotorua
The Government Gardens, Rotorua Museum of Art and History, Rotorua, North Island
The blue flowers bordering that tree stand are ubiquitous in New Zealand. Government Gardens, Rotorua, North Island
Gold med rose, Government Gardens, Rotorua, North Island
Other plants on the North Island
This huge conifer is growing in Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island.
Persian silk trees are part of the bean family and as such their delicate leaves fold down at night. Rotorua, North Island
Persian silk tree flowers close up. They’re fragrant. The tree has several names across the world, for example ‘the Sleeping tree’.
Hedge of red flowers, Mt. Eden area, Auckland, North Island
Pink flowers, Mt. Eden area, Auckland, North Island
Morning glory growing wild, New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, North Island
Nasturtium also growing wild in ditch along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, North Island
Other plants along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, North Island
Crocosmia also grow wild in the same area. These plants probably escaped from gardens and simply naturalized.
Bindweed however is considered as a ‘weed’ in North America, and probably in New Zealand as well. New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, North Island.
Pretty pink flowers with orange butterfly, New Plymouth-Inglewood, North Island
This plant is part of the monarch caterpillar’s diet. Stratford, North Island
The Marlborough rock daisy (below) is a native of the South Island Marlborough region, especially in the Kaikoura area. They are now used as an ornamental in gardens as well.
There were majectic oak trees in Hagley Park. Christchurch, South Island
Hagley Park also has a small stand of maritime pine,
Maritime pines are native to the Mediterranean region. Note the intricate patterns on the bark. Hagley Park, Christchurch, South Island
A lone maritime pine on top of the Kaikoura peninsula plateau, with a huge tree stump beside.
This tree was identified by its appearance – pineapple palm tree. Picton, South Island
New Zealand Christmas tree (possibly) on the mountain slopes, Southern Alps between Christchurch and Greymouth, South Island
Roses are very popular with gardeners in New Zealand. A street in Christchurch, South Island.
Wild mallow on pebble beach, Kaikoura, South Island
Mallow seeds. Some of those plants were quite large. Kaikoura, South Island
Blue flowers in the fields. Kaikoura, South Island
Calendula growing wild. They probably escaped from gardens. Kaikoura, South Island.
Dusty millers, usually an annual in Canada, are used as hedges here in Kaikoura, South Island.
Evening primrose and red snapdragon, the latter growing in its preferred habitat (rocky). Kaikoura, South Island
Although not seen often, there ARE dandelions in New Zealand. Here’s one (with a honey bee) in Kaikoura, South Island.
Other plants on the South Island
Moss-covered bush that otherwise looks rather dead. Kaikoura, South Island
The ditches along the TranzAlpine tracks were covered with this very thorny bush. Southern Alps between Christchurch and Greymouth, South Island
A grass at its best. Kaikoura, South Island
Flax and grass, Kaikoura, South Island
Bulrushes (or cattails) can also be seen in Kaikoura, South Island.
Although technically not ‘plants’, the following are also included here.
Stump close up. Many such stumps were scattered here and there in fields in New Zealand.Kaikoura, South Island
Kelp is a sea ‘plant’. The beach was covered with long bundles of kelp in Kaikoura, South Island.