PlantFiles Pictures: Sophora Species, Kowhai (Sophora microphylla) by bootandall
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Painted Boxes: Kowhai and Tui
If it's Wednesday, there must be a box. This one is found in Beach Road, Te Atatu Peninsula, outside the Hospice (map). The artist is Monique Endt who has a fair number of boxes to her credit. Visit her website.
Kowhai - NZ's National Flower
Maori Name:- Kowhai Common Name:- Kowhai, meaning Yellow Botanical Name:- Sophora microphylla The Kowhai is the national flower of New Zealand. When the New Zealand native Kowhai trees flower you know it's springtime. This is NZ’s special flower – the Kowhai, it is pronounced: “KO-FI”. In Maori, the letters “WH” are pronounced as an “F”
Tui - New Zealand native bird feeding in Kowhai tree.jpg
This photo is of a Tui. A native bird of New Zealand. It is also referred to as a "Parson bird" because of the feather tuft under its neck. It has iridescent plumage and is attracted to the yellow flowers and nectar of the Kowhai tree which is also native to New Zealand. We have a Kowhai tree growing close to our house which allows us to enjoy the activity of numerous Tui from our living room window. We live in Karori in Wellington and are a few kilometres from the Zealandia wildlife…