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This pic was taken while I was driving a tractor back from when we made silage back in early November. These old nikau palms are in a paddock adjacent to the road and have survived the presence of cattle, which tend to destroy a lot of our native trees when they trample the roots and scratch themselves against the bark, sometimes damaging it or stripping it off. These palms appear to have tolerated their presence better than other plant species. Before human settlement, the canopy of trees would have been so dense that no grass would grow in a place such as this.

The nikau is the only palm native to New Zealand and is known to grow to a height of 15m. Itís found in coastal and warmer inland forests of the North Island and is abundant on the northwest coast of the South Island. Itís also found on Banks Peninsula and the Chatham Islands.

This pic was rotated 2 deg to the left and cropped before slightly increasing brightness and saturation. Finally, it was downsized and sharpened.


Kind regards,
Tony

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