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Plantago Plant Species in Canterbury
February 24, 2012

This flower was once believed to be Plantago raoulii but is now known to be different from that species. To date, it is still being researched and is without an official name. It is located in Canterbury where it shares the area with two relatives, P. spathulata and P. triandra. Overall, New Zealand is home to ten Plantago species. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Arthurs Pass

location: Cass, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Tutu Flowers
January 4, 2012

1.This image is of the flowers from the tutu tree, or Coriaria arborea. 2.The tutu tree is important as it, and the other 7 species in its genus, are endemic to New Zealand. This plant is important to New Zealand history and Maori culture because its poisonous berries used to be carefully made into wine and pudding. Before people understood its poisonous effects, many livestock died from consuming it. Its flowers are female and then turn male, and are pollinated via wind dispersion. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Silver Beech and Black Beech Tree Leaves
January 4, 2012

1.The lighter green leaves on the left are from a silver beech tree (Nothofagus menziesii); on the right are black beech tree leaves (N. solandri). 2.Silver beech trees are more commonly found in wet, highland areas, whereas black beech trees are found in lowland areas. Both trees have small leaves, but only silver produces the alternating sized toothed edges. Beech trees make up 80-90% of the native forests in the South Island. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound

location: Southland, New Zealand

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