New Zealand Tea Tree
For awhile I had a New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium) growing in a large pot in my back yard. Several varieties of this species can be found in the nursery trade. This dark red variety is my favorite, and it is quite popular in California. Later on, when I visited New Zealand, I was able to actually walk through a forest of wild tea trees, which the New Zealanders call "manuka" trees. But all of them, even the ones in cultivation, had white or pale pink flowers.
The Natural World - Kowhai, an art print by Emma Mallinen
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks.
Historical botanical illustration of the day
Clianthus, commonly known as Kakabeak (Kowhai ngutukaka in Maori), is a plant genus comprising two species of woody legume shrubs native to New Zealand. They have striking clusters of red flowers w…