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David L
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Nice pictures Dave,  you have not mentioned the Rumex flexuosus growing with your Carex petriei

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

Toole
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We climbed higher into fields of Celmisia and then onto the scree edges of Smooth peak,(which is appropriately named),and our first sighting of Aciphylla spedenii.

On the screes Steve tended to blend in as he was photographing some yellow weeds .....cheeky

........Ranunculus pilifera.

  

I came across this Myosotis so we sat down again yes and had a discussion on it's identity  banding about a number of species names  indecision .A closer look at my pics and I note the anthers project well beyond the petals so I'm wondering whether it's a form of M.lyallii.

View down to our vehicle , more or less zigzagging straight down for about 1.45 hours of agony on the joints........cryingcrying.Raoulia buchananii in the foreground.

A great day ,a few laughs between gasping for our breath and although it is early enough it appears to be a good flowering season.

Cheers Dave.

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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David L wrote:

Nice pictures Dave,  you have not mentioned the Rumex flexuosus growing with your Carex petriei

 

Thanks David

Funny enough we did talk about the Rumex ,(NZ dock) .Steve grows this at home at his seed farm and his plants are so vigorous and attractive when grown in cultivation .....

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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I see you have saved the best to last or do you have more, lovely pictures of Aciphylla spedenii and Ranunculus piliferus. makes me want to get into the car and head out; everything seems to flowering early.

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

David L
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Dave,

Since you missed out on the Mt Kakanui trip last weekend I will post some picture on for you and our North American friends. The plants were not is spectacular as yours. We did find some interesting things. Now I have a GPS unit for my camera I can download the images and see exactly where I have taken them thanks to Google Earth. It is accurate to within a few metres.

First Aciphylla montana with separate male and female plants

Aciphylla montana (female) Aciphylla montana (male)

Aciphylla scott-thomsonii -  large plants growing in profusion in a damp gully and a picture of a single plant in flower

Aciphylla scott-thomsonii growing in Chionochloa tussock grassland Aciphylla scott-thomsonii

Anisotome flexuosa

Anisotome flexuosa

Next the daisy Brachyscome longiscapa. The genus Brachyscome in New Zealand contains a number of different entities not all have been described

Brachysome longiscapa

An undescribed species of Cardamine. The New Zealand species are presently being revised We are probably going to end up with 30 + species up from the present 5

undescibed Cardamine

Two Celmisias; Celmisia brevifolia and Celmisia lyallii

Celmisia brevifolia Celmisia lyallii

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

David L
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Another Celmisia - this one is Celmisia viscosa.  It is rare to see it flowering so well. Second picture shows a plant growing in Chionochloa tussock grassland.

Celmisia viscosa growing in Chionochloa macra grassland

For those of you who like cushions( and chickweeds) here is a plant of Colobanthus buchananii (Caryophyllaceae)

Colobanthus buchananii

Dracophyllum pronum (Ericaceae formerly Epacridaceae)

Dracophyllum pronum

Growing on scree Gingidia enysii, a carrot relative

Gingidia enysii

A tiny mat daisy Leptinelle pectinata subsp. villosa tucked in amongst some stones. This species is quite easy to grow in a rock garden.

Leptinella pectinata subsp. villosa

Lobelia linnaeiodes; I have been trying to get a good photo of this for several years. This is about the best I have managed; the flowers move in the slightest breeze.

Lobelia linnaeoides

Montia sessiliflora, a large flowering clump and the flowers  close up.

Montia sessiliflora Montia sessiliflora flowers

Phyllachne colensoi This one is growing on a rock outcrop. It is found in bogs as well.

Phyllachne colensoi cushion

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

David L
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Here is a picture of Ranunculus acraeus which is closely related to Ranunculus piliferus that was posted by Dave and Steve earlier. It is not flowering but confirms a historical  location record for the species. It has suffered through the depredations of hares and grazing by livestock so it is not longer common throughout its former range. It was good to find it.

Ranuculus acraeus

The next picture is entitled  " Find the buttercup ". The cryptic buttercup Ranunculus crithmifolius growing on scree. Flowering is over and the plant blends perfectly with its background.

Ranunculus crithmifolius growing on scree

Last in this posting an unusual dark form of Viola cunninghamii growing on scree. There is more colour in the flowers than is usual for this species.

Viola cunninghamii dark form

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

Toole
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Thanks for posting your pics David.

Some really nice stuff there especially Aciphylla montana with it's yellow stem and flowering head .

I'm hoping to find Celmisia viscosa and other 'weeds' in bloom on the Old Man Range tomorrow.

Cheers Dave.

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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Seems Aciphyllas are flowering in profusion everywhere David .Here's some I came across on the 'hill' yesterday ......cool

Aciphylla scott-thomsonii.

 Aciphylla simplex.

 

Two more ---Either Aciphylla kirkii or A.hectorii ,(I'm not going there ....indecision), including a damn weevil on the last one ............angry

 

Cheers Dave.

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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Yep , great year to be a seedpicker Dave

Balclutha , New Zealand

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