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Harekeke - NZ Flax

Harekeke - NZ Flax
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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: 2006-10-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Native Fauna and Flora (2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-05 4:07
Viewed: 5943
Points: 6
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New Zealand Flax

We all recognise the tall, green, sword-like leaves that can be found growing throughout New Zealand as flax. Well here are last years flax flowers – now empty seedpods all dried up. I like how we look through the stalks to Murrays Bay and the Hauraki Gulf.

There are many native NZ plants growing on the beaches and along the cliffs between the beaches in the East Coast Bays. There are 2 native species and this one here is the Phormium Tenax.

Harakeke - “Harry-kee-kee”
was the name given to this plant by Maori. The first European traders called it "flax" because its fibres were similar to that of true flax found in other parts of the world. Though we still call it flax today, harakeke is really a lily. It is unique to New Zealand and is one of our oldest plant species.

There are two species of Phormium in New Zealand:

- is a common plant of the coast and road side. The toughness of this plant is evidenced by the variety of its habitats, from beaches, river mouths, coastal cliffs with salt sea spray, to alpine lakes. It has long strap-like leaves that can grow up to 3m tall and flowering panicles that can be considerably taller. The leaves range in colour from green to bronze. The orange-red flowers are pollinated by birds - both native and introduced nectar feeders. The attractive seedpods that develop are held erect.

PHORMIUM COOKIANUM - MOUNTAIN FLAX OR WHARARIKI - and is the smaller sister of P. tenax. It is a smaller growing plant with thinner leaves that are arching rather than erect. The typical form has leaves that are lime-green in colouration. The flowers are greenish-yellow, with twisted seed pods that hang down from the flowering stalks.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-05 4:13]

Hello Janice,
Artistic capture.Very well seen and composed.I liked large DOF,framing and visual impact a lot.Have a nice day!

Hi Janice,
This is a familiar sight from the cliff tops around our way. Nice symmetry in the composition which makes for a strong image. Great exposure and very natural colour on my screen. My next door neighbours just cut down a stand of Harekeke flax, which sits directly outside of my kitchen window...this was a prime bird shooting location when the flax flowers. I'm not that happy about this, to say the least :o(

BTW I keep looking out for you down Miarangi Bay chasing seagulls...haven't spotted you yet!


oh I love this, the silohettes of the flax look so nice against that beautiful blue water...nice shot. Great POV!
TFS Donna :o)

Thanks so much for the smilie and comment on 14 swans a flyin

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