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Booker
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Hope so, buddy!!!   Wonderful images folks ... keep 'em coming please.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

David L
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Dave,

A lovely Lyperobius weevil; they are taonga as well. I like your picture of Aciphylla scott-thomsonii with the Garvies in the background. I will not attempt to identify your Aciphyllas  (since indeterminate Aciphylla pictures are your speciality).

 

Cliff.

you should have stayed in New Zealand longer as your company in the field was most welcome.

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

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David L wrote:

Dave,

I will not attempt to identify your Aciphyllas  (since indeterminate Aciphylla pictures are your speciality)

Ha laughwink.

Here's a few more from Saturdays trip to the Old Man Range --Central Otago.

While most of the snow was gone from the exposed ridges there were still snow banks in and beside the hollows.

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Celmisia ramulosa var tuberculata in cushion field.

Close up of the very small woolly Anisotome lanuginosa ,(male), growing on a cushion of Dracophyllum muscoides .

Yellow cushions of Phyllachne rubra and close up.

 

A good flowering year for Celmisia haastii var haastii.

As well as the creeping growths of Ourisia glandulosa .

 

Rightio that's enough for tonight.smiley

Cheers Dave.

 

 

 

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

RickR
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Anisotome lanuginosa and Phyllachne rubra really caught my eye!

 

Old Man Range "air temperature extremes range between 24 and -19C." 

Sigh.....

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

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These photos are feeding my plant addiction,  I see a need for a trip to New Zealand in my future! Like Rick, I find Phyllachne rubra particularly striking, and am fascinated by Celmisia ramulosa var tuberculata. What is with the species name of the Phyllachne? Are the seed heads reddish, or is it one of those plants with changeable foliage colour, depending on the season?

Southwest Nova Scotia, zone 6b or thereabouts

RickR
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I wondered about the "rubra" epithet, too.

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

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Hello Gordon and Rick.

I understand 'rubra' refers to the colour of the spent flowers.....

Final pics from last weekends trip.

Fields of Celmisia brevifolia --apologies for the blown out white colours .

Celmisia brevifolia.

Near snow melt the ground was covered with Ranunculus pachyrrizus heartwith a visitor enjoying the extra warmth the flowers provide.

    

Chionohebe thomsonii is one of the prominent cushions on depleted vegetative spots.

A very good sized plant of Brachyscome montana .I counted over 30 flowering heads or buds yet to open.(Thanks to David Lyttle for the species id).

Anisotome imbricata var imbricata.

Racing against incoming bad weather I searched quickly trying to locate the cushion forget me not ,Myosotis pulvinaris .Having no luck and deciding to call it quits I returned to find a small plant right beside the motorbike!.yes.

A stop out of the howling wind while on the way back down to the truck ,Ranunculus gracilipes growing in boggy area .

Cheers Dave.

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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Many thanks to all the wonderful guys who shared our 'buttercup hunting' hikes on South Island.

Two images of David Lyttle ... a most splendid and knowledgeable guide.

David Lyttle

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

David L
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ThanKs Cliff, my 15 sec of fame!

 

Dave , you need to look at your picture of Myosotis pulvinaris again; it is Chionohebe thomsonii. There are some nice plants of Celmisia brevifolia on that patch you photographed. It is one species of Celmisia that seems to flower reliably every year.

Off to the Rock and Pillars tomorrow morning with Alan Mark and a Swedish colleague. I doubt if I will have much time to do any photography. I have been given the task of filming a video clip, something that I have never done before. If all else fails read the camera manual!

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

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David L wrote:

ThanKs Cliff, my 15 sec of fame!

 

Dave , you need to look at your picture of Myosotis pulvinaris again; it is Chionohebe thomsonii. There are some nice plants of Celmisia brevifolia on that patch you photographed. It is one species of Celmisia that seems to flower reliably every year.

Off to the Rock and Pillars tomorrow morning with Alan Mark and a Swedish colleague. I doubt if I will have much time to do any photography. I have been given the task of filming a video clip, something that I have never done before. If all else fails read the camera manual!

 

Oops Thanks for that .I'll make a correction above and insert a pic of Myosotis pulvinaris .

Enjoy the Rock and Pillar.

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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