The Pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red flowers made up of a mass of stamens. The Pōhutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand.
The tree grows up to 20 metres (66 ft) in height, with a dome-like spreading form. Its natural range is the coastal regions of the North Island of New Zealand, north of a line stretching from New Plymoputh to Gisborne.
The Pōhutukawa flowers from November to January with a peak in mid to late December (the southern hemisphere summer), with brilliant crimson flowers covering the tree, hence the nickname New Zealand Christmas Tree. There is variation between individual trees in the timing of flowering, and in the shade and brightness of the flowers.
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quillo (11840) 2009-05-03 1:18
Hola Martyn, felicidades por tus primeras imagenes en TE y .... ˇBIENVENIDO!
Es bonito el efecto de las flores con el fondo azul
del cielo, el encuadre es sencillo pero efectivo
.... Me gusta.
Un saludo desde los 20.000 Km. que nos separan ....
The effect of the flowers is nice with the blue fund
of the sky, the framing is simple but effective.
... I like.
A greeting from 20.000 km that separate us.... ~~Antipodes exact~~
Feliz domingo.... Happy Sunday....
pauloog (11735) 2009-05-03 15:09
A beautifully composed and sharp view on these flowers, made interesting by your excellent note.
blagov58 (257) 2009-05-18 14:04
Martyn - great shot of the pohutukawa. This flowers not always very easy to capture due to their deep saturated red - but you've done it well.