New Zealand Alpine Flora

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Hoy
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Very interesting, Dave. I have never been to New Zealand but the flora is more like South America than anything else I have seen.
I try to establish different ferns in my garden and the tangle fern looks special. Do you think it is hardy?

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

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A myriad of interesting study subjects, right down to the white jelly bean like stones in the Leucopogon fraseri pic.
Thanks!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Weiser
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Dave
What a great tour you have put together!  I find it hard to wait for the next installment.
New Zealand has always been at the top of my MUST VISIT list, forever.

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
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Hoy wrote:

I try to establish different ferns in my garden and the tangle fern looks special. Do you think it is hardy?

Not sure Trond.Although it grows in a harsh environment in terms of wind and exposure the winters here on the coast are very mild with nil snow cover.I can collect you some spores if you wish to experiment.

Thanks Rick and John
Having worked most of the weekend i'm away into a remote area of the Eyre Mtns tomorrow with another enthusiast for 3 days tramping/botanizing so hopefully i'll have something to report.

Cheers dave. 

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

Hoy
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Toole wrote:

Hoy wrote:

I try to establish different ferns in my garden and the tangle fern looks special. Do you think it is hardy?

Not sure Trond.Although it grows in a harsh environment in terms of wind and exposure the winters here on the coast are very mild with nil snow cover.I can collect you some spores if you wish to experiment.
Thanks Dave, if you do I appreciate that. Exciting to experiment with ferns!

Thanks Rick and John
Having worked most of the weekend i'm away into a remote area of the Eyre Mtns tomorrow with another enthusiast for 3 days tramping/botanizing so hopefully i'll have something to report.
Sure you have! Look forward to see!

Cheers dave. 

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

Weiser
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Sounds like a great getaway! I look forward to your report! :)

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser

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3 day visit last week to the Eyre Mtns Northern Southland (part 1 of 5  :o   ;D)

Our first day was very wet with low fog and heavy drizzle at times which affected the quality of any pics i took. :-[

After an hour or two of climbing up a side valley we came into 'fields' of the large dramatic Aciphylla aff. horrida 'Lomond'.

The males having performed their duties were beginning to droop.

Leaving the females to raise any offspring.

Celmisia densiflora flowering near the small stream.

A bit higher up on scree Hebe buchananii.

After a 3.5 hour uphill slog we reached our initial target of a small tarn ,and began searching around the steep screes for a number of specialized inhabitants--firstly, Stellaria roughii grows by the thousands here.

Myosotis glabrescens is a rare plant ,known only to live on a small number of ranges--it was great to see it for the first time in the wild.
 

NZ is famous for it's many large bright and colourful Ranunculus sps.Ranunculus pilfera was another plant i had yearned to view --while we saw good numbers ,most were individual plants here and there in bloom.

Ranunculus pilifera close up

Will post images of the rest of the trip in the next day or 3.

Cheers dave.

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

Hoy
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I know, if you are out looking for plants to picture or just walk in the mountains, foggy weather isn't the cosiest! But the pictures get a very special atmosphere if you have enough light to take them.

I very much like the scenery; familiar and unfamiliar at the same time and so are the plants. Very nice, Dave.

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

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Thanks Trond

Continuing our search around the tarn we found the weird Ranunculus scrithalis --it always has a preference for clayish screes of thinnish depth.

We then moved onto the shaded cliffs .Home of Anisotome capillifolia and Cheesemania wallii.

Climbing higher to reach the ridgeline between the headwaters of creeks 1 and 2 ,Aciphylla spedenii, Celmisia hectorii , Abrotanella inconspicua and Ourisia sessilifolia.

Cheers dave

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

Hoy
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I like all the plants but the Ranunculus gets my vote!
Is the climate in these mountains high alpine with snow cover all winter? And what is the summer temperature? Do the plants get moisture from fog or from rain in summer? I remember from the High Atlas Mtns in Northern Africa that fog is an important source of water.

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

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