New Zealand Alpine Flora

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David L
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RickR wrote:

Interesting photos, David.

What is it that is to the lower right of the Senecio?

Lori  and Cliff are correct.It is Sarcocornia quinqueflora subsp quinqueflora formerly known as Salicornia australis. Here are a couple of pictures of the plant; covering the salt flats at the entrance of the Otago Harbour at Aramoana, and a close up of the plants with flowers

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

Hoy
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David, very interesting! I am familiar with (some parts of) the Norwegian coast (it is roughly 25000km long if you add all the islands!) but your coast is quite different from anything here. Some plants are similar of course but some are very unfamiliar!

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

cohan
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Interesting views! Ocean coastlines are much more exotic (at least much farther away!) here than mountains  ;D

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

David L
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Just back from the Nelson AGS study weekend ar Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes. Drove back from Westport to Dunedin today: it was a bit of a long drive and was slightly damp driving up the Otira Gorge through to Arthurs Pass. Took a short cut gravel road from Lake Lyndon to Lake Coleridge. I must have dodged a dump of snow  as there was fresh snow on Mt Hutt and the eastern foothills of the Southern Alps. Here are some pictures I took on the drive up through the Lewis Pass on Friday.

1&2 Tarn at Lewis Pass

3 Bog pine (Halocarpus bidwilli) at Lewis Pass

4,5,6 Lichens on mountain beech trees ( mainly Usnea)

7 Lichens, fungi and mosses

8 Stone with crustose lichens

9 Mountain beech trees

10 Astelia nervosa

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

David L
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The next set of picture was taken on my way home from Nelson Lakes. The Buller River flows out of Lake Rotoiti and flows out to sea ar Westport. The highway more or less follows it down and that is the way I went.

1 Upper Buller Gorge. The road folllows the true right bank at this point.

2. Side creek entering the Buller River note how stained the water is.

Stayed overnight at Westport and headed down the coast to Punakaiki next morning. The lady at the compground said it was going to be a fine day. The first walk I did was a 20 min track to the beach. It was raining so I left the camera behind and when I came back it had stopped raining so went to the next walk which was up the Porariri River. I took the camera and got some good pictures.

3&4 Porariri River flowing out of the Paparoa Range to the coast.

5. Arch under the roots of a big rata tree on the Porariri river track

6. Cardiomanes reniforme - a fern. Note the Tmespteris on the lower left

7. Forest vegetation on the river bank There are tree ferns, nikau palms and Freycinetia banksii in abundance. The Freycinetia is the gassy tufted thing centre - do not ever try walking through a clump of it!

8&9 Nikau Palms and Nikau palm fruit

When I got back to the car it had started raining again so I did not bother walking out to see the blowholes at Punakaiki  and drove south to Greymouth.

10 Coastal view south of Punakaiki

David Lyttle
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David L
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Before I tackled the transalpine crossing of Arthurs Pass I thought I better have some lunch at Greymouth. I headed out to Lake Brunner and this is the last photo I took until I was well over the other side.

1. Lake Brunner

The road heads into the murk at the far right of the picture. It was raining at the bottom of the climb up to the pass so much so that the water was beginning to overtop the bridge at Kelleys Creek. It was raining all the way up the Otira Gorge: some of the road has a roof built over it to divert the water and this was cascading over the lip and down the hillside.

2 For the record; the road up to the pass taken last January

It was raining at Arthurs Pass village, it was raining at the Waimakariri bridge, it was raining at Craigieburn, it was raining at Castle Hill basin so I took the back road from Lake Lyndon to Lake Coleridge. I had not travelled that way before; it is a gravel road and is a bit rough.

3 Acheron River between Lake Lyndon and Lake Coleridge

The road comes out on a high terrace overlooking the Rakaia River and you can see the Mt Hutt Range.

4. Mt Hutt Range with a coat of fresh snow. There was a bit of slushy snow along the side of the road so I had been fortunate not encountering snow when I crossed Arthurs Pass.

5. Rakaia River looking down river to the east coast of the South Island.

I arrived home in Dunedin about 8.30 so it had been an interesting day.  It was a north to south, west to east trip with a huge contrast in the scenery and weather.

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

Hoy
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David, very exciting! I love it all from the lichen to the grand landscape!

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

David L
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Trond, It was an interesting trip;I was not lingering because of the weather. I got about an hour between the showers at the Porariri River where I took the photos of the nikau palms. They do not grow this far south. I find them quite fascinating and exotic despite the fact my main interest is alpines.

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

Toole
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Nice pics David of your trip up country ,especially of the Nikau's.

I've tried the Chatham Island form once without success however a plant apparently raised from seed collected on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch has survived a couple of winters here in it's pot just on the edge of the bush.It needs planting out if I'm going to see it reach height and flowering .....

 

Cheers Dave.

 

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

David L
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Have just sorted out my password so I can log on to the site now it has been rebuilt so will do a brief post as a test. The photos were taken at Careys Ceek just north of Dunedin about a week ago.

Careys Creek    The photo shows mainly native vegetation growing along side the creek; the area is a frost hollow and contains a lot of divaricating shrubs rather than forest. The large tree on the right is a broadleaf ( Griselinia littoralis)

Further up on a very steep-sided spur I photographed some fungi growing in mixed Kunzea/Leptospermum forest.

Hygrocybe  This small red mushroom is a species of Hygrocybe

brown mushroom and coral fungi There is a small brown mushroom and some coral fungi growing amongst the moss neither of which I was able to identify. It was a challenge to get a good exposure for everything in the photo.

Earlier I had found a huge old totara (Podocarpus cunninghamii) growing in an inaccessible spot at the base of some bluffs. Most of this area has been milled over and burnt in the past so it was good to see that a least one of the original large trees had survived. Sorry no photos- it is difficult photographing large trees in thick bush.

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

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