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Mountain Flax

Mountain Flax
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-24
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-24 3:41
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Points: 34
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Phormium cookianum (Mountain flax)

Maori Name: wharariki
Status : Non Threatened
Structural Class : Monocotyledonous Herbs
Species : Phormium cookianum subsp. hookeri
Family : Xanthorrhoeaceae
Distribution : Endemic. Common throughout New Zealand. Local in Northland. And often found inland on cliff faces and exposed rock ledges in the northern part of its range, becoming the dominant coastal flax south of Paekakariki.

Habitat : Common from lowland and coastal areas through montane forest to subalpine habitats, usually but not exclusively on cliff faces and open rocky or boulder-strewn ground.

Features : Stout liliaceous herb, 1-1.5(-2) m tall. Leaves numerous, arising from fan-like bases. Individual leaves stiff near base and semi-erect, becoming decurved or pendulous from basal third to half of length, 1(-1.5) x 20-80 mm, olive-green to yellow-green. Lamina margin, entire, somewhat thickened and finely pigmented red, orange-red or black. Inflorescence 1(-2) m tall, somewhat woody and fleshy when fresh, long persistent, drying pale grey, with the fibrous interior becoming progressively more exposed. Peduncle 20-30 mm diam., inclined, red-green to grey-green, glabrous. Flowers 25-40 mm long, tubular, greenish or yellow, sometimes flushed orange; tips of inner tepals markedly recurved. Ovary erect. Capsules 100-200 mm long, dark green, trigonous in cross-section, pendulous, tapering toward tip, twisted, initially fleshy becoming papery with age, long persistent. Seeds 8-10 x 4-5 mm, black, elliptic, flat and plate-like, margins frilled or twisted.

Similar Species : Distinguished from Phormium tenax by the pendulous, twisted capsules. Differing from subsp. cookianum by the longer, "floppy" uniformly olive green leaves which lack the dark-pigmented band present on the leaf lamina of subsp. cookianum. In the wild this is primarily a plant of cliff faces, boulder fields and talus slopes. It also often grows within grey-scrub. Very rarely it is sympatric with subsp. cookianum.

Flowering : (September-) October-November (-January)

Fruiting : (November-) December (-March)

The above obtained form http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/vascular_plants/index02.asp?Filter=p&FilterStatus=12


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 4:57 p.m.
Date: 24th December 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/640
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 200mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hello Pam,
I like your style of the shot and presentation with so nice description. It will be helpful for a newbee photographer like me.
The sharpness is perfect and the saturion of colors are amazing even you didn't allowed your background to be blurred.

Nice shot, good composition, focus and nice detail.

It would be nice to see this when flowering.


Hello Pam,

I read you have 2 hours to Christmas.Have anice Christmas:)) We have more time then you so I can write a comment.Very nice composition.Sharpness perfect.TFS

Great pic. Thanks, Ori

Hello Pam,
It is almost midday on our'holy evening day', when all families sit in the living room under a illuminated pine tree and unpack the presents. The sky here is grey and dark for three weeks now. It is muddy but warm (+6°C) and rainy.
So this is to say thank you for a blue sky post and thank you for contributing so many beautifull nature details from NZ with such
detailed information. Have a enjoyable Christmas. Thomas

Wanderful pic Pam! Thanks for sharing and Merry, Merry Christmas...

Beautifully sharp and very well composed. Well done

Hi Pam,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-24 9:27]

Hi Pam, lovely shot. The flowers make some lovely curves and the blue BG shows them off very nicely. Very good shot. Personally I would crop a little from the top but apart from that I think it is great.

Have a Merry Christmas!

I like the graceful curve of this plant you've shown, it really stands out against that bright blue background. Well done. And best wishes to you and yours this season also,

Hi Pam,
Superb composition. The colors are very beautiful in this light. Great detail. I know its already Christmas there, so I'll wish you a happy New Year..

Very Nice Pam the flowers are beautifully seem against the clear sky.
The notes are something else, I learned a great deal about this plant , which I grow lots of the coloured cultivars on the nursery. but nothing I have read or been told has said anything about the extreme conditions it prepers to the pampered ones it gets from me, will have to try a sandier compost on them in the new year. TFS
Happy Christmas to you < Robert

Hi Pam!
Have a Great merry Christmas!!!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-25 0:19]

Pam, this is delicate and beautiful.

Excellent pov and composition. Sharpness is perfect too, as well as exposure.

Another brilliant job by you.

Merry Christmas... and points of course, for this great image!
Radu Xplorator

Excellent sujet, simplicité, contraste, netteté, couleur, composition, toutes ces qualités pour une belle présentation.
Joyeux Noël!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-26 4:19]

Hello Pam!
Very nice capture.POV,details,colors,framing and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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