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Toad Rush Juncus bufonius

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:25 AM NZDT

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Greater Bird's-Foot-Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:26 AM NZDT

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White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:27 AM NZDT

Description

First photo, the departing bird is a pied stilt. Second photo the departing bird is the heron.

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Yorkshire Fog Holcus lanatus

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:28 AM NZDT

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Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:29 AM NZDT

Description

Not sure it is C.blattnea... Could have been better photos.

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Kokihi Tetragonia implexicoma

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:38 AM NZDT

Description

Despite tree cover (pine and macrocarpa) enough sunshine has penetrated to bring early fruit.

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Parramatta Grass Sporobolus africanus

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:40 AM NZDT

Description

Not yet common on this coast, this is in the middle of a footpath, so possible a seed brought in from another part of NZ on a shoe?

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Arabic Volute Alcithoe arabica

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:47 AM NZDT

Description

I'm making use of a child's abandoned mollusc schell connection in posting this. The likely beach of origin is about 5-600m west of this location.

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Pear Bonnet Snail Semicassis pyrum

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:47 AM NZDT

Description

Here I'm benefiting from a child's abandoned collection of mollusc shells.

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Ostrich Foot Snail Struthiolaria papulosa

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:47 AM NZDT

Description

Here I'm benefiting from some parent tindicating to a youngster that not all of these shells need to be brought home. A small collection abandoned at the side of the track.

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Shore Bindweed Calystegia soldanella

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:49 AM NZDT

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Hare's Tail Grass Lagurus ovatus

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:50 AM NZDT

Description

Flowering now done, here at least.

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Blue Garden Flatworm Caenoplana coerulea

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:53 AM NZDT

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Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 05:55 AM NZDT

Description

Although the jury is out on whether this is S.rotundifolia or S.radicans, this is the first time I can recall observing the flower buds before the flowering really takes off. Sole bloom in this patch, but lots of buds.

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False Katipo Steatoda capensis

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:01 AM NZDT

Description

Two females and their eggsacs nixed. About a dozen, perhaps more, nixed on the day.

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Rushes Genus Juncus

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:05 AM NZDT

Description

The leaves are reminiscent of J.caespiticius, the head very different.

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New Zealand Grassplant Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:07 AM NZDT

Description

The fruit resembles that of Triglochin striata, except that there is never more than one fruit per stalk. Can be confusing where both are so common.

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Maakoako Samolus repens

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:13 AM NZDT

Description

Common throughout almost all swales from Waikawa Beach through to the Ohau estuary, often a dominant species. When the (fortunately rare) hoons hit, the tracks are very obvious due to the wiped Maakoako, last photo.

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Slender Clubrush Isolepis cernua

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:16 AM NZDT

Description

This species is widespread throughout these swales, sometimes quite densely. As usual I'm also hunting for its very similar rarer endemic relative, Isolepis basilaris, and as before I have once again not been successful in finding any in these swales.

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Procumbent Pearlwort Sagina procumbens

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:19 AM NZDT

Description

This observation gives an inkling as to why this species is such a threat to Selliera rotundifolia, which is the underlying endemic, and rare plant. The pearlwort grows over the Selliera, and cuts off the essential sunlight, growing into a thick mat so the Selliera is choked off.

The unwanted succession is well underway in the big swale at Waikawa Beach, and now it is starting here too.

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False Katipo Steatoda capensis

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:22 AM NZDT

Description

The small orange stripe on the dorsal end lends it this common name.

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Mata Anisolabis littorea

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:22 AM NZDT

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Red-purple Ragwort Senecio elegans

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:23 AM NZDT

Description

rare enough in this part of the swales that plucking it might make a difference.

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Knobby Clubrush Ficinia nodosa

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:23 AM NZDT

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Sand Sedge Carex pumila

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:28 AM NZDT

Description

Some large patches of this throughout these swales.

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Pear Bonnet Snail Semicassis pyrum

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:31 AM NZDT

Description

One of the reasons that this area is relatively free of exotic invaders is that the sea invades here (less than annually), wiping them out. Hence one finds mollusc shells scattered far and wide in these swales. Given the intrusion of exotics, it is about time for another such event.

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Beaded Samphire Salicornia quinqueflora

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:32 AM NZDT

Description

About 1-1.5km north of here there are hectares of this species returning for the summer, but in this area, this is the sole exemplar noted on the day.

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Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:40 AM NZDT

Description

Other beetles under this log disappeared quickly, I assume this one was dead. No indication of spider intervention etc.

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Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:40 AM NZDT

Description

This shiny number disappeared immediately after this photo.

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Spiny Rush Juncus acutus

Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2019 06:44 AM NZDT

Description

Uncommon here (perhaps 1-2 plants per hectare), but in Waikawa Beach's big swale it is a significant factor, as well as along the Waikawa Stream estuary.

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