“* Pohutukawa *
by Carolyn Connolly.
Pohutukawa, or New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosideros excelsa), blooming in our front garden...
"The Pohutukawa [po-hoo-ta-car-wa] is...one of many in a genus represented throughout New Zealand ranging from forest giants and vigorous climbers to small shrubs. Metrosideros is from the Greek and means ironwood alluding to the hardness of the timber and excelsa is Latin and means tall or high. The name Pohutukawa is a Maori word meaning ‘drenched with mist’...
"Although a large tree normally, Metrosideros excelsa also responds well to pruning and can be hedged or topiarised. The leaves are 6-8cm long and are dark green on top and silvery white beneath. The flower buds are also a silvery white and look most attractive against the dark green."
Captured mid-afternoon, in mid-spring, on the 19th of October 2007...
Category: ~ Monthly Theme ('Delicate') ~