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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-11
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-27 3:38
Viewed: 3894
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lophomyrtus bullata.
Ramarama (Maori)
Rah-mah-rah-mah. Now, say it quickly…

I have been searching for this tree in all my plant books since I found it in the Awaruku Native Bush reserve a few weeks back, and have finally found out its name. And the name has also caused a bit of controversy too. It used to be called LOPHOMYRTUS AOTEAROANA, but that is now considered to be illegal(!) The correct scientific name in LOPHOMYRTUS (MYRTACEAE) for RAMARAMA is LOPHOMYRTUS BULLATA.

I thought it was such an attractive plant with its shiny puckered dark green with red blotched leaves. I must go back in November to January when it should be in flower.

Ramarama is a slender attractive shrub and is easily recognised by its small ovate shiny blistered green-reddish-coloured leaves. Its colours apparently intensify in winter. It can grow up to 6 metres in height, with a thin trunk up to 10cm through. It’s bark is pale grey-green and very smooth.

It is very common in lowland and coastal forests in the top of the South Island and throughout the North Island of New Zealand.


Photo: Contrasted, levels, USM, resized.

dew77, red45, Comandante, Luc, fungiman, LordPotty, sAner, AndyB, liquidsunshine, PDP, naki, extramundi, ammodytes has marked this note useful
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To Luc: Te ArohanuiJanice 1 04-27 05:14
To coasties: ThanksJanice 1 04-27 05:10
To LordPotty: HybridsJanice 1 04-27 05:04
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-27 3:40]

An artistic shot Janice!
Lighting,details,BG,3D effect are amazing.
Very well done!TFS....:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-04-27 3:53]

I love your serie of pictures with almost black BG Janice! This one is no exception. Very detailed, sharp, with good POV. Composition is delicate - looks like Japanese paintings. Good work!

Perfect photo Janice!
Sharpness,details,dark BG and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Nice composition Janice. Good sharpness. The leaves have picked up ythe flash and the shine is delightful. The varigated colour to the leaves is very attractive. Good work. Thanks

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-27 4:27]
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Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Very attractive indeed!
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Janice.
Rah-mah-rah-mah. Now, say it quickly… ;-)

Hi Janice. Have you seen how many hybrids there are of this plant in nurseries now?Some of them have very small leaves and are dark red or purple or multicoloured.
If you want an excellent ID book for natives the one by Yvonne Cave and Valda Paddison 'The Gardener's Encyclopaedia of New Zealand Native Plants'is very good.
Another is 'Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest' by John Dawson and Rob Lucas.
I have them both and use them a lot.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-27 6:14]

A very well composed picture Janice. Good details, great lightening and wonderful colors. Very artistic. Well done & TFS!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-27 7:01]

A very nice shot with wonderful colours and light.
Very well composed and the dark background really sets the whole thing off.
Good,artistic work.
Very well done indeed.

What a fantastic name for a plant Janice,
Very nice sharp and clear details, colours and composition.
Thanks for posting

Very good shot. Great POV and very good details.
Good visual impact. TFS.

Very good shot Janice!
I love this dark BG. Details on the leaves are very good and the whole photo looks great.
Very well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-27 17:19]

Hello Janice, this has a good sense of depth to it. I like the composition and the details are great. Very nice work, and great note too. Well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-28 2:11]

Hi Janice, I loved this composition with the dark background. Very good details and great colors.
Well done.
Thank you for sharing.

It really has beautiful leaves, with strange shape and different colours. The image is great, it seems that you used flash, which got nice light and reflections, but again I must put your atention in the DOF. Dont be lazy :D, there are very small & light tripods that will improve this kind of shots very much. It worths the effort!

Very interesting plant, the dark background highlights the leaves very well. The color and shiny leaves reminds me of our Poisen Oak plant. Thanks for sharing this bumpy leaf plant with the "cool" name!

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