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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

December 7, 2019 12:14 PM NZDT

Description

Common along roadside. Growing as a remnant of the vegetation that was once here before Matarangi development totalled it... Shrubs with growth habit akin to the "Waikato Peat Bog race". At this site sympatric with the more usual Leptospermum aff. scoparium (a).

Voucher collected.

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What

Eleven-armed Sea Star Coscinasterias muricata

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Common just below high tide mark, in deep rock pools within sea caves.

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Square

What

Radiate Limpet Cellana radians

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Common along low tide mark on coarse granitic rock. Often associated with a small whelk of some sort as seen here.

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What

Tasmanian Blue Mussel Mytilus planulatus

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant on coarse granitic rock exposed near low tide mark.

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Square

What

Column Barnacles Chamaesipho columna

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Common on Mytilus edulis near low tide mark.

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What

Pohutukawa Metrosideros excelsa

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Occasional trees - some planted others naturalised from these noted along beach and in surrounding forest.

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What

Common Flapjack Carpophyllum maschalocarpum

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant at low tide mark. Attached to coarse granitic rock. Associated with Hormosira banksii, Corallina officinalis, Capreola implexa and Laurencia thyrsifera.

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What

Neptune's Necklace Hormosira banksii

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant at low tide mark. Associated with Carpophyllum maschalocarpum, Corallina officinalis and Laurencia thyrsifera.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Common along low tide mark. Associated with Hormosira banksii and Carpophyllum maschalocarpum.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Planted on the side of the road.

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What

Kanuka Kunzea ericoides

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Kunzea ericoides forest and flowering specimens. Most trees in full flower. This is Kunzea ericoides s.s. which is endemic to the northern South Island and which was described from specimens collected from the Astrolabe Passage (now within nearby Abel Tasman National Park) in the 1820's by the French.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Another hybrid - this one trending to local indigenous L. scoparium race - with erect growth habit but still strongly pigmented flowers. For other hybrids see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341725, https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341559

For planted cultivars causing hybridisation at this site see: https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341462, https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341343

For an example of the local indigenous race of Leptospermum scoparium see:

https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36339637

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What

Grevilleas Genus Grevillea

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Sparingly naturalised from deliberate plantings along roadside.

Not sure which species or cultivar this one is.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Another hybrid plant - this one trending toward the local indigenous race of Leptospermum scoparium (see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36339637) but flowers still very pink and in this one growth habit sprawling with branches semi-erect then pendulous.

For planted cultivars at this location see:

https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341462
https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341343

For another example of a hybrid see:

https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341559

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

One of many hybrid plants seen growing along roadside and into surrounding forest. these pinkish 'messes' presumably resulting from hybridisation between local indigenous Leptospermum scoparium and the bizarre pink and double-flowered L. scoparium cultivars planted along roadside - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341343, https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341462. This is the first time I have seen direct evidence of hybridisation between indigenous Leptospermum scoparium and planted cultivars of that species complex in the wild. A real worry - though not unexpected.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Another ghastly example of a Leptospermum scoparium cultivar planted along roadside - the other has double pink flowers - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341343 both cultivars hybridising with local indigenous Leptospermum scoparium agg. - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341559

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

One of the (to my eye anyway) ghastly cultivars of kahikatoa / manuka that some creative soul has planted along the roadside leading to Split Apple Rock. A disastrous move - as these double pink and red (see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341462) mutations - though mostly with andromonoecious flowers have hybridised with the local indigenous Leptospermum - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/36341559 (hybrid). This is the first time I have seen direct evidence of hybridism from deliberate plantings of L. scoparium cultivars into the local indigenous gene pool of the L. scoparium complex.

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What

Kanuka Kunzea ericoides

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:01 PM NZDT

Description

Dominant shrub / tree in regenerating forest either side of the road. Kunzea just coming into full flower at this location.

These images are of Kunzea ericoides s.s. - a northern South Island endemic.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 03:00 PM NZDT

Description

Common in Kunzea ericoides dominated regenerating forest. Heavily flowering. Images show mixes of perfect and andromonoecious flowers.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 12:48 PM NZDT

Description

Locally common - saxicolous, terricolous and corticolous on exposed marble, associated soil and tree roots. Growing admixed with Stellaria parviflora, Australina pusilla and Oxalis magellanica.

Lichen photobiont cyanobacterial. Thallus without isidia, phyllidia or soredia, maculae present but weakly developed. Upper surface without pseudocyphellae, pale grey when dry, colouring blue-black when wet, smooth, glabrous; underside pseudocyphellate, tomentose, hairs white to pale brown.

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What

Kanuka Kunzea ericoides

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 02:44 PM NZDT

Description

Dominant tree in regenerating indigenous forest. Images show tree canopy, trunk and bark, seedlings, distinctive glabrescent linear foliage (note bright yellow-green colour typical of this species) and branchlets - note these appear glabrous (they do have sparse, fine, patent (divergent) hairs - but these can usually only be seen using a 20× magnification hand lens when in the field). Note also the flowers which are very shortly pedicellate.

These are features of Kunzea ericoides s.s. a northern South Island endemic that was originally described from specimens collected by the French from Astrolabe Passage in what is now Abel Tasman National Park in the 1820s (probably 1826).

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What

Snowdrop Woodsorrel Oxalis magellanica

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 12:48 PM NZDT

Description

Common in shaded sites as ground cover. Growing admixed with Australina pusilla and Cardamine dolichostyla amongst marble outcrops along side of track above Riwaka River.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 27, 2019 12:54 PM NZDT

Description

Locally common on mine tailings in old asbestos (serpentinite) mine site. Plants often under kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium var. scoparium) sometimes in open ground. Growth habit sprawling to lianoid. Foliage pinkish-green to orange-yellow, flowers white.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 02:44 PM NZDT

Description

Locally common. Growing admixed with kanuka (Kunzea ericoides). Small trees up to 6 m tall, leaves unusually soft, leaf margins and branchlets sericeous. Flowers white.

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What

Giant Scale Insects Genus Coelostomidia

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 12:48 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant on the stipes and root masses of wheki (Dicksonia squarrosa).

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 12:48 PM NZDT

Description

One adult noted initially hiding on forest floor amongst leaf litter. When disturbed flying with distinct 'jerky' movements onto nearby Rubus australis vine to rest up.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 12:21 PM NZDT

Description

Common with Kunzea ericoides in regenerating shrub and forest either side of road. Shrubs to small trees with spreading to erect branches, lanceolate, leaves with sericeous leaf margins. Flowers with petals often basally tinged pink , stamens and stigma often red.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 30, 2019 08:58 AM NZDT

Description

Uncommon - noted on forest floor emerging from twigs of black beech (Fuscospora solandri).

Noted for Farewell Spit - Wharariki Bioblitz 2019

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Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 12:48 PM NZDT

Description

Common on forest floor near Riwaka River

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What

Gold Dust Lichens Genus Chrysothrix

Observer

pjd1

Date

November 26, 2019 12:21 PM NZDT

Description

Not sure of species yet - will need to do some chemistry.

Locally common on kanuka (Kunzea ericoides s.s.) growing along roadside.

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