Photographer's Note

New Zealand plants are very special. 85% of all flowering plants are still endemic, appearing nowhere else in the world. NZ plants evolved with different pollinators. Flowers relied on general pollinators (colour-blind flies, moths and beetles) or even birds and didn’t have to develop colourful variations, so a typical flower would be green or white (= easy to spot at night) and small. The ecological balance has been disturbed for a long time, not only by the disappearance of the majority of native forests but also by over 300 introduced pest plants (weeds) which now threaten the survival of over 60 native plant species. Weeds multiply faster than native plants and thrive on the climatic conditions, taking over many niches in the landscape, stealing away nutrients in the soil or suffocating plants by climbing over them.

I was in New Zealand in early autumn so there were not so many flowers. But the rainforests are fabulous. New Zealand forests feel as if a dinosaur might appear at any moment - this is probably due to the ancient tree ferns which haven’t changed much in the last few hundred million years.
Here the trio of beautiful New Zealand flowers.
On the left, it is probably kind of Grevillea.

On the right - the pohutukawa, iconic tree of New Zealand, also called the Christmas tree because it flowers a Pohutukawabeautiful red colour around Christmas time. Their gnarly branches extend in all directions, a stunning sight in steep coastal positions, where they survive due to salt-tolerant aerial roots. The bushy red flowers provide nectar for the birds and bees.
Hmm. I do not know what it is in the middle. I couldn't find it on Google. It looks similar to fuchsia, or maybe kind of Datura?

Sorry, it is too big in beta. Better to see it in the new window.

Pohutukawa tree

Grevillea tree

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13020 W: 139 N: 33696] (153728)
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