Photo of the month

I’ve decided to start a couple of monthly series, in order to keep this blog on track and create a few themes.  Photo of the month is quite obvious, but the “rules” are that it will be an native species from the NZ forest, in its natural environment*.

For this month, here is a northern rata flower (Metrosideros robusta) to remind you of summer.  Taken on the slopes of Mt Kapakapanui in the western Tararua ranges, just north of Wellington.   Interesting that the flower was quite yellowish instead of red – can any botanists out there shed some light on why this is?

 Metrosideros robustus

*Rules may be subject to change
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