New Zealand Alpine Flora

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Toole
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Not sure on why my pics are showing at the full size rather than thumbnails. :-\  (fixed: MMcD :D)

Anyway i'll continue.

Aciphylla montana --female.

A couple shots of Gentianella corymbifera ---plants can be quite variable in height up to 60cm--these ones were very dwarf.

Haastia sinclarii close up showing the wonderful tomentum.

Around rocks hugging the mineral Raoulia eximia .

Hebe haastii.

Lastly -- a couple of unknown Epilobiums .

Cheers Dave

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

Booker
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Sensational images yet again Dave ... the grey rock certainly brings out the best in these magical plants.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

HughGmail
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Lovely images Dave.  You mention that your images are not thumbnails.  Mark McDonough has written a great FAQ on images in the board 'Announcements from Moderators and Administrators' on this page http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=553.0.  The syntax to create thumbnails is very similar to what you're doing currently.  Thanks so much for providing your excellent posts to this forum!

Hugh Mac Millan
Former NARGS Web Master, Moderator
Eriogonum enthusiast
Zone 5+- - Front Range, Colorado (Denver area)

Lori S.
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Fabulous plants and scenery, Dave.  That rocky and rugged area has the feeling of the alpine areas here, but the plants are unimaginably exotic.  Many thanks for posting!

By the way, your photos will attach as enlargeable thumbnails if you use the syntax "attachthumb=#", rather than "attachment=#".

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

Hoy
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I have heard of "Canterbury Bells" and even grown some, but these bells and other gorgeous plants takes the prize!
If I hadn't decided already to visit New Zealand when I have the opportunity I certainly would now ;D

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

Mark McD
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Dave, I'm just catching up and have to say, I've returned to this thread a dozen times or more, ogled the amazing plants each time, then click the "Mark Unread" button at the top to reset the topic as "new", as a reminder to come back here and respond. :)

I've having a harder and harder time upholding my "no prickly plants in the garden" rule, when seeing the wonderful hardy cacti in other topics, and the fantastic Aciphylla species here.  It's always been a genus that has intrigued me, but with A. congesta, pinnatifida, and particularly crosby-smithii, I'm aching to try growing these stunning unique plants.  Gentianella corymbifera is a glorious thing isn't it. Some of the NZ Epilobiums restore my faith in this rather weedy genus, the last two you show are special, the very last one going to seed in a fit of red pods and white fluff is a quiet spectacle. 

Thanks for sharing your photographs vividly capturing both the plants and the awesome NZ mountainous terrain.

Does anyone in North America successfully grow Aciphylla?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Toole
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Thanks all.

I was out again locally in Fiordland last weekend .Still a lot of colour including a number of sps just starting to bloom.

Will post in a day or two when time allows.

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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Toole wrote:

Thanks all.

I was out again locally in Fiordland last weekend .Still a lot of colour including a number of sps just starting to bloom.

Will post in a day or two when time allows.

Cheers Dave.    

Dave,
Living in "Fjordland", Norway, I am looking forward to and prepared to enjoy many more spectacular pics from your Fiordland ;)
(Not the majestic mountains though, you have to go farther inland, north or south to experience that)

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

Toole
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Link to my latest field trip.

http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=7434.msg204646#new

Cheers Dave

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

cohan
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I was behind on this thread--always amazing stuff! the bright Aciphylla montana in a sea of silver rock and silver plants is wonderful! Worth emulating in the garden....
The Haastia is also fantastic! As Lori mentioned, its all so exotic for us!

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

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