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Posted by
~~~Ann~~~ (Nelson, New Zealand) on 25 December 2018 in Plant & Nature.

We have a glorious pōhutukawa tree in our garden. Often referred to as the New Zealand Christmas tree, Metrosideros excelsa, is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, The pōhutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand. Renowned for vibrant colour and its ability to grow even on rocky cliffs, the pohut is a New Zealand icon, admired and appreciated for its strength and beauty, and regarded as a chiefly tree (rākau rangatira) by Māori. The blossom of the tree is called kahika.


Pōhutukawa bloom from November to January during New Zealand's summer season. They are under threat from browsing by the introduced common brushtail possum which strips the trees of their leaves. A charitable conservation trust, Project Crimson, has the aim of reversing the decline of pōhutukawa and other Metrosideros species – its mission statement is "to enable pohutukawa and rata to flourish again in their natural habitat as icons in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders."

OLYMPUS E-M1 1/500 second F/2.5 ISO 320 14 mm

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Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful macro! Merry Christmas, Ann!

25 Dec 2018 6:15am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

LOVE IT
MERRY XMAS, BEST OF LUCK IN LIFE

25 Dec 2018 7:06am

yoshimiparis from France

Thank you
May you have a sparkling and happy Christmas

25 Dec 2018 7:24am

Jaya from Trieste, Italy

Joyful, a lot :-)
Happy Holiday !

25 Dec 2018 6:00pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful focus, colors & bokeh!
Lovely!
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Merry ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ Christmas ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥

25 Dec 2018 6:34pm

existenceartistique from Angers, France

Intéressant

25 Dec 2018 8:39pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Yes, we are on the same wavelength. I love our beautiful flowering pohutakawas at this time of the year.

27 Dec 2018 8:31am

OLYMPUS E-M1
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ISO 320
14 mm

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