Recently, in the Karamea area (West Coast of the South Island), we saw a mixture of flowering Northern and Southern Rata. Seeing the large splashes of brilliant crimson on the hills was amazing - especially when the NZ forest is mostly green.
Unlike most trees the Northern Rata usually starts as an epiphyte (a perching plant). We'd spend awhile looking for the original 'tree' which was often a very dead tree!
After being away from Wellington for a couple of weeks it was great seeing large numbers of Pohutukawa in flower - on the hills, in parks, gardens and along the streets.
|outside Te Papa|
Must keep the street cleaners busy ...
And for something a little different we spotted a Yellow Pohutukawa in a garden near Granity.