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False Katipo Steatoda capensis

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 20, 2019 11:11 AM NZDT

Description

Steatoda - of that I am happy - but not sure if this is S. capensis. I soon will know I guess.

Noted under planter pot overlying grass in urban garden.

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What

Poroporo Fruit Borer Leucinodes cordalis

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 20, 2019 11:11 AM NZDT

Description

Single adult noted on interior window pane.

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Koheriki Scandia rosifolia

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 20, 2019 11:11 AM NZDT

Description

Self-sown from former planted specimen (ex Piha). This specimen growing on a basalt stone wall with planted Crassula aborescens var. undulata.

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pjd1

Date

October 20, 2019 11:11 AM NZDT

Description

Seedling, now five years old - one of three that had germinated (2015) near a planted tree which fruits periodically (isolated tree) - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/1493965. I have left the seedlings to see what happens without any care. In January 2019 all three appeared to have died from drought however one re-sprouted over winter and this is the specimen seen here.

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What

Toringo Crabapple Malus sieboldii

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 18, 2019 04:46 PM NZDT

Description

Images of flowering street verge tree. Locally common in verge plantings in this area. Tree's like this probably source of seedlings - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/20959389

Mature leaves mostly entire, some lobed.

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What

Toringo Crabapple Malus sieboldii

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 18, 2019 04:40 PM NZDT

Description

Same specimen as https://inaturalist.nz/observations/20959389 - seen here in flower. Growing epiphytically in crown of a planted street-verge Prunus serrulata. Associated with Cotoneaster glaucophyllus and Cordyline australis. Sapling flowering - however, when these images were taken there was a string wind blowing so not so good. Images with grass back ground are of a herbarium voucher I have taken.

Leaves of these wild plants usually entire, only occasionally lobed.

This species is locally common in this part of Mt Albert as a street verge planting (see for example https://inaturalist.nz/observations/34570783)

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14487, AK 378984

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 04:32 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant mid-tidally under flat rocks in sandy, fine gravelly areas overlying volcanogenic rock.

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Wart Lichen Hydropunctaria maura

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 04:32 PM NZDT

Description

Best guess (without examining spores etc when in the field these sorts of lichens were generically 'dumped' by New Zealand field lichenologists under the name Verrucaria maura (now Hydropunctaria maura)) so I am placing it here because I did not collect this (next time I suppose). Irrespective of correct name this lichen is locally common at this location. Saxicolous on tidally exposed tuffaceous volcanic rock (location is mid-tidal). Forming somewhat irregular circular black patches on tidal portion of shore platform extending into bay.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Common along cliff tops. Branchlets rooting freely on contact with ground. Associated with Ozothamnus leptophyllus, aruhe (Pteridium esculentum), patotara (Leucopogon fraseri), mingimingi (L. fasciculatus), kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum), taihoa (Cassytha paniculata) and pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa). Plants heavily flowering, flowers more or less uniformly white. Andromonoecious flowers common.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Specimen growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs. Branchlets rooting freely on contact with ground.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Common component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Present in two morphs - a deeply and evenly divided form (first two images) and a less deeply and evenly divided form (last two images) with wider thallus divisions. Both commonly used as a substrate by mussel spat.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Occasional component of seaweed 'bales' washed up along beach. Although uncommon, thallus supporting plenty of mussel spat.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

I think so - a common component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. A common substrate for mussel spat.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Acting as a substrate for mussel spat.

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pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Comon substrate for mussel spat.

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pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 02:00 PM NZDT

Description

Locally common - exposed at low tide. Specimens attached to basalt rock.

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What

Common Kelp Ecklonia radiata

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Not supporting mussel spat.

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True Crabs Infraorder Brachyura

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Juvenile noted within seaweed 'bales' washed up along beach. Same individual and hand (mine) as this observation - https://inaturalist.nz/observations/33774830

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Common Flapjack Carpophyllum maschalocarpum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Common component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach - not as a rule supporting mussel spat.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

A scarce component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach (these covered in mussle spat).

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Specimen growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs. Branchlets rooting freely on contact with ground.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Vegetative plant of Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Specimen growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs. Specimens threaded with taihoa (Cassytha paniculata).

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Tea Trees Genus Leptospermum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Images showing Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018) in the foreground and a belt of putative Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum × Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) hybrids behind these.

Specimens growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Tea Trees Genus Leptospermum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

A further example of putative Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum × Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018) - one of several seen growing on hardened iron pan on coastal escarpment. Putative hybrid growing with postulated parents; morphologically intermediate with semi-erect to pendulous growth habit; initial branches erect, soon spreading and with age becoming pendulous, branches not rooting with contact on ground. Flower darker pink than those seen on most Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) but of a colour more consistent with the local race of L. scoparium var. incanum which at this site grows interdigitated with Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b).

Andromonoecious flowers common in these plants.

DNA samples and voucher collected.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Tea Trees Genus Leptospermum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Putative Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum × Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018) - one of several seen growing on hardened iron pan on coastal escarpment. Putative hybrid growing with postulated parents; morphologically intermediate with semi-erect to pendulous growth habit; initial branches erect, soon spreading and with age becoming pendulous, branches not rooting with contact on ground. Flower darker pink than those seen on most Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) but of a colour more consistent with the local race of L. scoparium var. incanum which at this site grows interdigitated with Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b).

DNA samples and voucher collected.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (the race known by the tag name Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018)). One of many plants, some with pinkish tinged flowers, others white, all with decumbent, pendent and/or trailing branches (these rooting on contact with the ground), growing syntopically with Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum. Abundant at this location (see also https://inaturalist.nz/observations/33969627).

Andromonoecious flowers commonly seen on these plants at this site.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (the race known by the tag name Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018)). One of many plants, some with pinkish tinged flowers, others white, all with decumbent, pendent and/or trailing branches (these rooting on contact with the ground), growing syntopically with Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum. Abundant at this location (see also https://inaturalist.nz/observations/33969627).

Andromonoecious flowers commonly seen on these plants at this site.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82

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What

Moss-eating Crambid Snout Moths Subfamily Scopariinae

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 12, 2019 10:17 AM NZDT

Description

Single adult noted resting up on side of building.

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What

Shining Karamu Coprosma lucida

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 10, 2019 10:15 AM NZDT

Description

Female inflorescences, flowers and immature fruit - for male flowers, and the foliage, domatia and stipules of this species see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/34288037 taken from the same site next to this specimen.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 13, 2019 12:58 PM NZDT

Description

Probably planted. The widespread "Auckland" race of Leptospermum scoparium.

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