New Zealand Alpine Flora

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cohan
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Very nice! nothing dares grow epiphytically here apart from very low moss and lichens..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Toole
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Thanks Cohan

Here's a few more  :)

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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This afternoon i travelled just a short distance ,(about 5 ks from home), to the western edge of the New River Estuary .

Here there are extensive stands of Totara growing on ancient sandhills, where in a couple of places you can gain a view out over the tree tops.

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Hoy
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Truly exotic, Dave!
Although we have some kinds of temperate "rainforests" here they are totally different (mostly consisting of spruce). The nearest I've been to anything similar is mountain forests in Africa and South America.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Wow, I'm so envious... to be able to walk around the preserve whenever you want!  Wonderful! 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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Very interesting plants and forests, Dave! And so civilised with smooth trails and stairs and everything!  :o

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Tim Ingram
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Tremendous natural gardens, and especially the ferns. I am very sad that I have lost my plant of Pseudowintera colorata after having it in the garden for many years. It grew very slowly in our dry conditions but you see superb plants in the west and Ireland.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

RickR
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Those are the coolest mushroom I have EVER seen!  And the conifer ain't too shabby either.  :o  Living in a place so drastically different, it's all quite surreal.

cohan wrote:

And so civilised with smooth trails and stairs and everything!  :o

It's hard for me as a northerner to accept that what you show isn't a contrived design.  This a wild preserve, yet there doesn't seem to be weed in sight on the trails.  I would have thought in  situation as such that it would be a battled to keep trails open, let alone manicured.  Obviously, I know diddly about the ecology of area...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Toole
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Thanks for the comments all....

I should have named more of the individual pics (the Pseudowintera is shown in reply 100 --IMGs 1365 and 1289).

I have no doubt you know your ecology Rick  :)---I'm selective in what photos i show that's all--there are numerous introduced weeds in the area especially where there has been some disturbance to the tree canopy which allows for example , blackberry ,sycamore, berberis and others to gain a foothold.... 

Ps some healthy looking seed forming on Lilium mackliniae. ;)

Cheers dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

RickR
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Toole wrote:

Ps some healthy looking seed forming on Lilium mackliniae. ;)

Cheers dave.

;D ;D ;D

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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