tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

What on earth is that?

Close up shot:


We have this tree, see, called the pohutukawa. Often also called the NZ Christmas Tree because they are usually in full flower over the Christmas/New Year period:

They have flowers made of lots and lots of thin filament-like petals:

And when we get the first heavy rain or wind after the flowering, lots of them fall on the ground and make it pink. Kiwis are kind of sentimental about pohutukawas - there aren't many of us who grew up here that don't have some kind of emotional reaction to the sight of one in full flower.

There aren't a lot of natives here that flower spectacularly - being a land of birds and insects there wasn't really a lot of competition for pollination vectors in Ye Olden Tymes - but there are maybe three that stand out in my mind. The pohutukawa at midsummer; the kowhai:

which heralds very early spring; and the manuka:

which looks like it's covered in snow but flowers in mid-to-late summer. Sometimes they flower before Christmas and that's just weird.

Those are the ones that stand out in my mind anyway. If anyone else can think of any other flowering natives worth a mention, I'd love to hear about them.
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