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Rangatira Five Fingers

Rangatira Five Fingers
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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: 2005-05-05
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-08 23:10
Viewed: 7915
Points: 32
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Five Finger
Pseudopanax lessonii purpurea
Family : Araliaceae
Coastal 5 finger Purple panax

CORRECTION: I’ve changed the original notes.

I have just changed the notes here as Steve (Lord Potty) thinks that this NZ Native tree is actually Pseudopanax lessoni purpurea, and I thought it was Pseudopanax discolour which has a much smaller, thinner, less glossy and more finely cut leaf.

There are 11 endemic New Zealand species of Pseudopanax, so I will bow to Steve, who has a much better knowledge of plants than I do. But I do love the colours and shapes of the new life opening up. Just so incredibly stunning.

It is an especially attractive native NZ plant with chocolate new growth and shiny tri-foliate leaves. Note the glossy leaves that reduce salt damage – it is a coastal plant common in the top half of the North Island of NZ. The compound leaves are 3-5 parted, giving the leaves the look of a hand, and so the name: 5 finger.

Essential Oils are found from the Leaves of 3 of the eleven endemic New Zealand Species of Pseudopanax (Araliaceae): Pseudopanax. arboreus, P. discolor and P. lessonii. I noted the names of the oils, but I’m sure no-one is really interested in all these names, but if you are, here they some of them – viridiflorol, hydroazulene, bicyclogermacrene, linalool, hydrocarbons.

Pseudopanax from 'pseudo' false and 'panax' a related genus.

So now the Maori name could be wrong too! But I'll still teach you how to pronounce the word Rangatira. It should be said quickly– Rang-gi-te-ra

Well done! And many thanks to Steve too...

puffy, pgmoni, dew77, LordPotty, red45, sAner, Comandante, scottevers7, TAZ, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To puffy: THanks SweetyJanice 1 05-09 06:45
To LordPotty: Oh thanks SteveJanice 2 05-09 04:17
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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-09 1:05]
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What a pretty plant Janice, I like the purple colours and the little green just bonus. Good composition, great contrast and details. Thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-09 3:11]

Hello Janice!
It's really wonderful shot.Colors and lighting are amazing.
Perfect composition.TFS...:-)

Wow choose photo love the colours and wonderful POV.

Hi Janice.
I've heard this called Pseudopanax discolour before,by nursery workers too,but I'm sure this is actually Pseudopanax lessoni purpurea.
Pseudopanax disolour has a much smaller,thinner,less glossy and more finely cut leaf.I learned the difference between the two on my horticulture course.
Not all the nurseries get it right though.Sometimes even their labels are wrong.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-09 4:33]

Hi Janice!
I love composition of your picture - young leaves surrounded by old ones. Colours and details are very good, same as your interesting note. I like it!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-09 5:34]

An interesting plant and a very nice colourful composition.
Very good detail and DOF.
Good work,well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-09 6:16]

Hello Janice,

This is a very interesting composition. The colors are beautiful (I love the purple of the leaves). Sharp details and good POV. TFS!


Hi Janice!
It's superb decorative shot.Lighting,framing and DOF are perfect.Thanks for sharing!

Very interesting plant, great composition, impressive and striking photo.

Great shot Janice,
Lovely colours and detail. Very sharp and well composed.
Thanks for posting

Halo Janice!
Great mix of colours. Soft and arty. Thank you for this wonderful photo.

Janice, this photo has beautiful color and sharp detail. Nice Work.

Great shot Janice!
This plant is really beutiful. I've never seen it before.
As for the shot, as always very good.
Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-10 11:28]

Janice, this is simple and beautiful.

Very nice colors and great composition.

I like it.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-11 6:51]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce superbe feuillage. Jolies couleurs et bonne lumiosité.
Nice & Well Done !

Nice composition with the color changing towards the centre. You have an eye for this patterns and textures in nature. Very well done.

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