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A Few Natives

Discussion in 'Flora & fauna' started by Delboy, Dec 30, 2019.

  1. A bit of useless information to start the new year.

    [​IMG]DELL5248. Kahikatea Swamp Forest. by delboys, on Flickr

    Kahikatea (White Pine) swamp forest
    Before the arrival of the European Settlers The Waikato was mainly coverd in a large swamp with large areas of K
    ahikatea (White Pine) swamp forests . A lot of the swamp was drained for agriculture and a lot of the Kahikatea trees were milled for butter boxes as the wood is odourless, and ideal for transporting butter to the motherland when refrigerated ships were introduced. These trees can grow up to 60 m and not far from us we have a protected bit of swamp forest where theses trees are. Some estimated to be over 400 years old.

    [​IMG]DELL5246 Manuka Bloom by delboys, on Flickr

    Manuka Flower
    This is the flower from which the bees produce the Manuka Medical UMF antibacterial honey. There are lots of imitations made by the likes of the Ozzies but there is only one genuine Manuka Honey UMF and it comes from these flowers in New Zealand. The tiny bloom is about 10.0mm in dia The medical properties of this honey was discovered by Professor Peter Molan who came from the UK and did the research at the University of Waikato in Hamilton NZ.

    [​IMG]DELL5247 Flax Bloom by delboys, on Flickr

    Flax Bloom
    Up until the 30's New Zealand native flax that grew in mainly swampy areas was havested and milled to make fibre for ropes. The Maori's use it for making baskets ropes and also the skirts you see the Maori women wearing when they perform a Kapa Haka(song and dance). A big replanting scheme was started in the 90's and the flax is now returning and growing in abundance in swamps and alongside waterways. Have some in our garden hoping to attract the native Tui Bird
  2. Interesting set and information. Good to know that these things are being preserved for the future.
  3. Trees are amazing
  4. Really interesting series of shots.
    Those tree trunks and roots are amazing, nice composition.
    Interesting to see what the manuka flowers look like
    Lovey vibrant colour of the flax bloom
  5. Thanks Colin,Shirley and Drei for your comments.
  6. Some lovely shots. We used Manuka honey on our old llama's ulcerated leg...
  7. Thank you Zooey
  8. Oy

    Oy Seen nowt know nowt. Staff Member

    A nice selection of pix :)
  9. Stansgang

    Stansgang Keep it straight!

    Interesting and I do like shot one.
  10. Nice to see when some things are saved from being made extinct
  11. Thanks Dave, Stan & Glenn for commenting
  12. Those trees are fantastic :) and not useless information at all, thanks for sharing.
  13. Thanks for that Straker, I like to add a little narrative when I feel it is justified.

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