Monday, 21 October 2013

Pōhutukawa Flower

As mentioned in a previous listing, Pōhutukawa trees are know as New Zealands Christmas tree. It's timber is remarkably strong and was used for ship building in the past. The leaves and bark of the tree were utilized for a variety of medicinal purposes by Maori. The striking red flower of the Pōhutukawa come to life in the Summer months. This picture was taken at Muriwai on the way to the Gannet Colony.

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