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Yes, another pretty pest

Yes, another pretty pest
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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: 2005-02-20
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Edible [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-20 1:12
Viewed: 3815
Points: 20
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This plant grows up to two metres in height. It has large creamy yellow flowers with long red stamens in Spring to Summer and followed by scarlet seeds in capsules. It is strongly perfumed and produces up to 100 seeds per flower head. Its scent is very fragrant and its flowers are so attractive.

But don't let its good looks fool you. Wild ginger threatens to smother our native forests in NZ.
The plant was introduced to New Zealand from India in the 1890s. It rapidly spread throughout Auckland, Coromandel and Northland. The warm moist climate of the upper North Island favoured the initial spread of the plant and it is now a problem in parts of the top of the South Island, and on the West Coast.

Where wild ginger grows, very little native bush can grow. Both wild gingers produce massive branching rhizomes. A RHIZOME is a creeping stem, growing either at ground level, or just below, and swollen with starch and nutrients to nourish the shoots and roots that grow from it. The rhizomes are the edible part of the Ginger plant. These horizontal underground stems produce new buds and form a dense layer up to a metre thick, which invades forest remnants and which other plants cannot penetrate. Above ground wild ginger blocks the light and smothers native species. It may permanently displace uncommon plants or specialised plant communities.

I do like this flower and when I found some the other day I brought 2 flowers home to place in a vase. The scent in the room is wonderful. When we first bought our land back in the last century (sounds ages ago, doesn’t it?) there was a lot of this Wild Ginger growing here, and my husband spent many, many days digging it out and removing the rhizomes. A very backbreaking job. He just has to see a small plant growing now and he pulls it out.


Photo Contrasted, brightened and cropped.
Make - SONY Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2005:02:20 15:41:02
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto
SceneCaptureType - Standard
ExposureTime - 10/1600 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ExposureProgram - Normal program
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 6.00 mm

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To magiqa: Thanks MonicaJanice 1 06-25 17:32
To puffy: Pest!!Janice 5 02-26 02:40
To cafecrem: PestJanice 1 02-20 03:51
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Wanderful flower Janice!
I don't know how can you calling it a pest!
I'm sure he is angrry for you :-)))))

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-20 3:43]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Splendid visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete as usual.
Excellent work, Janice.
Thanks a lot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-20 4:06]

Pest? You must be joking Janice! This is beautiful, fragile, colorful flower! Superb. I love it shapes and colours and my wife said she wants one as a gift from me. Looks like I would to go to NZ soon ;-)))

Very pretty indeed ;-)
It looks really nice, but I understand that you have big problem in NZ with such naughty guests.
I like this shot very much.
Well done!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-20 5:09]
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It is a very pretty flower Janice, I don't see it much on my end, hopefully I won't, else it will be us who have to do "backbreaking job" :) Very nice and clear shot, thanks for sharing.. :)

Lovely shot Janice,
Excellent colours and details, nice and clear.
interesting notes too, certainly a very attractive pest.
Thanks for posting

Great shot, very nice warm colours, maybe framed a bit too tight.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-20 8:14]

I've seen this pretty pest all over the place when I was in NZ. I absolutely loved this pest until I heard that it ruins native flora (that was in my 3rd week or so). Well done!

Janice, Warm colors with nice detail & an excellent note make this one a great post! Well done!!

Thanks so much
You have identified a plant that I have seen recently myself. It grows in the rainforests that my friend and I walk in and we were wondering if it was a ginger. The scent is beautiful too and it looks identical to your photo. You are right about it being invasive - it seems to spread very well. Thanks again

Looks like an orchid... very beautiful. Very sharp and good picture.

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