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Pancake Rocks
February 22, 2012

The Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki are sedimentary limestone rocks which initially formed under the sea around 35 million years ago. The limestone was created from the remains of marine organisms (skeleton and shells) that fell to the bottom of the sea floor. These deposits were eroded and mashed together with enough force to create limestone. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, West Coast

location: Punakaiki, West Coast, New Zealand

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Anisotome
January 3, 2012

This is a member of a closely related genus to the Aciphylla and is called Anisotome. This particular specie (likely, A. imbricata), although closely related to Aciphylla, really doesn’t look very similar to it. It is much closer to the ground and doesn't have thick tough leaves. If Phil had not found it then we would have completely over looked it! We only found one specimen of this genus while we found many specimens of the Aciphylla genus. (more...)

tags: Life in Extreme Environments

location: Otago, New Zealand

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Raoulia grandiflora
January 3, 2012

This is a Raoulia grandiflora flower which is an everlasting daisy species. It is a perfect example of one adaptations that many plant species have adopted for alpine life which is non-specific pollination. Alpine flowers are generally white and can be pollinated by different types of insects. This makes is easier for plants to effectively reproduce.

tags: Life in Extreme Environments

location: Otago, New Zealand

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Flowering Aciphylla
January 3, 2012

This plant is a member of the Apiaceae, or the carrot, family. More specifically it is a member of the Aciphylla genus. It has very tough and unbendable leaves which have sharp points at the ends. The flowering body, which stands taller than the leaves is also sharp and spiny. The leaves are a red-greenish color which could possibly act as a sunscreen for the plant to prevent excess cell damage due to UV light. (more...)

tags: Life in Extreme Environments

location: Otago, New Zealand

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