New Zealand Alpine Flora

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Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Toole wrote:

Trond you might like this one as well ...Admittedly I haven't had to travel far to take a picture . wink Bulbinella rossii looking nice and fresh in a cool spot in the back garden .smiley

Thanks, Dave! (Back from Argentina and just coming to myself).

I have tried this from seed twice but never got germinationcrying

Any advice?

 

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Toole
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I'm not much help sorry Trond.

My plant has never set viable seed .

Steve Newall will have a better idea however he is out in the field for a few days harvesting wild Heiracium sps seed ,to return to the EU......laugh

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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Last couple of days in the mountains on another S.P.A.T. trip with Steve and Doug and also an overseas visitor Clint Callens. Shame I had pull out early this morning half way through the trip with blisters .That will teach me to wear over sized steel capped work boots......frown

Unloading the vehicles and sorting out the essentials for travel by foot up the valley as the track from this point on was washed out in numerous places and Eyre Creek was running too high for our vehicles to ford.

90 mins. later and Shepherds Creek hut is in sight and Steve could finally have a brew up using the kettle he had been carrying .yes

 

Sorry for the date showing in all the pictures .To save weight I decided to only take the point and shoot and it's been such a long long time since I last used it.......

 

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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A 6 am start the following day and it wasn't long before the younger Clint had to stop and wait for us more 'mature' folk winklaugh.

It's a great year for Gaultheria depressa.

 

As we climbed higher the clouds started to burn off and on came the sun tan lotion.......

Clint and a view of the Western ridges.

Our objective was to continue up to the end of the ridge line and explore around the base of the rocky bluffs.

Just before the bluffs we came across rather large mounded plants of Raoulia buchananii.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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Raoulia buchananii with a view.

Upon reaching the bluffs ,green cushions were sighted growing in the vertical ledges. Home to Celmisia philocremna there are about 200 plants established here . 

View back showing the ridge we had just climbed.The hut is near the small patch of bush on the valley floor .

Finally reaching the top of the ridge a number of plants were found on the slopes leading into the next catchment.

Aciphylla 'Lomond'

Good sized patches of the yellow flowering shrub Brachyglottis revoluta .

A low growing Celmisia sps.

A view south east of the lower Mt Bee ridge line ,an area I've visited many times and posted about.

Just about back at the hut standing above bracken fern ,the tall stems of Aciphylla glaucescens .

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Steve Newall
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An awesome day Davey boy!!!!! It was also hot and dry and Doug was keen for a drink when we returned to the valley floor

 

 

Balclutha , New Zealand

Fermi
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Great to see these pics from the wild.

Steve,

you might need to run a "caption competition" on your pics!

cheeky

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

David L
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Hi Dave,

Just been looking at my pictures to try and see where you went relative to us. I see you enjoyed more clement weather unlike the horizontal frozen precipitation blasting through Shepherds Saddle that we experienced. (Cliff, if you are reading this and thought the day in Little Omarama Saddle was windy it only a walk in the park)  There were lots of Raoulia buchananii on Shepherds Saddle but we did not find any Celmisia philocremna probably because we did not get high enough.

Not a day when sunscreen was required (or applied)

Shepherds Creek

Looking back down the ridge we ascended; Shepherds Creek is on the right. The hut is obscured by the end of the ridge and is on the left upstream from the junction of Shepherds Creek and Eyre Creek.

Shepherds Creek

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

IMYoung
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The weather may have been a bit dodgy, David and not the most comfortable for the hikers..... but you must admit it adds drama to the photos with all those clouds swirling around.

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

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