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.
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Clianthus puniceus #2
Best viewed @ large size Fabaceae - Endemic to North Island, New Zealand; critically endangered in the wild Kakabeak, Kaka Beak, Parrot's Beak, Parrot's Bill, Lobster Claw Shown: Detail of flowers and buds "Clianthus puniceus, commonly known as Kaka beak (Kōwhai Ngutu-kākā in Māori), is a woody legume shrub native to New Zealand's North Island. It is one of two species of Clianthus (Kaka beak), both of which have striking clusters of red flowers which resemble the beak of the Kākā, a New…
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…
Clianthus puniceus, commonly known as Kaka-beak, Parrot;s-beak or Red Kowhai (Kōwhai Ngutu-kākā in Māori), is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clianthus of the legume family Fabaceae, native to New Zealand's North Island. This species is critically-endangered in the wild, known only on Moturemu Island in the Kaipara Harbor.