New Zealand's Only Palm Tree
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|Nikau Palm |
Genus: Rhopalostylis sapida
The Nikau Palm is the only native palm of New Zealand and is the world's southernmost Palm species.
It grows up to 15 m high. It is found in coastal and warmer inland forests of the North Island. Abundant on the northwest coast of the South Island and also found on Banks Peninsula and the Chatham Islands.
The single stem – it is very seldom branched – is ringed by the scars left by the sheathing bases of the fallen leaves.
Leaves range from about 4 to 8 ft long. Each is made up of numerous, narrow leaflets 2 to 3 ft long. The leaves are gathered together in a large head at the top of the stem which is seldom more than 9 in. thick.
Flowers are in a dense panicle known as a spadix, which is 1 to 2 ft long, and appears at the base of the leaves.
The fruit is a small, elliptical, bright red drupe about half an inch long.
The Maoris used the nikau leaves in their whares / houses. The top of the stem is fleshy and juicy and is sometimes eaten.
This is a photo of one of the many Nikau Palms I saw in the Waitakere Ranges last month. As you can see, it has been raining and the trunk is quite wet. You can see some of the old seeds still on the palm.
I like the look of the rings left here by the falling sheathed base of the leaves.
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- [2007-07-17 4:50]
The wet trunk is lovely and this a good example that a centered main subject can give a real great compo, sometimes
I'm missing the Nikaus a little.
my house at Punakaiki was smack in the middle of a Nikau grove and I had them outside every window. They were so close I could just about put my hand out the window and touch them ... not too good for the sunlight, but very 'exotic'
You'll have noticed how different ours our down this way.
I like the look of those rings as well mf.
And this is my "truncated" critique ;}}
The rings on the stem look like wax. Its a great compo Janice. The Maoris used the nikau leaves in their whares / houses as roof covering? Nice colours. Regards and TFS Bob
Nice record shot Janice!
Very sharp nice colors. When I first looked at the rings on the tree I though I was looking at a rubber tree!
You have all natural wonders with your country; even the palm tree has unique growth rings/bands.Would like to see the tree top too. TFS.