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Need Help From New Zealand Friends
« on: January 05, 2007, 01:36:03 PM »
I the opportunity to visit New Zealand to benchmark the logging and hauling systems.  While there, I had the opportunity to visit the Abel Tasman National Park.  Took a water taxi and did a long hike through the coastal native forest.  It was quite an experience!  Saw a bunch of trees that I did not know.  There was one small tree/shrub that was very unique and I am hoping some of our NZ members might know what it is.  It was prickly with a very hard wooden cone-like fruit.




 
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Re: Need Help From New Zealand Friends
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2007, 06:24:45 PM »
Took a bit of tracking down as it doesn't grow around here, and it's an introduced Aussie weed, not a native plant.

prickly hakea, aka  Hakea sericea

http://www.ebop.govt.nz/weeds/Weed277.asp

Normal policy is to attack it with a chainsaw, I guess they just haven't got to those ones yet  :D

I would imagine the NZ forest looked very different to what you are used to, popocarps instead of pines and all the hardwoods are evergreen. Very different look to the forest.

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2007, 08:52:04 PM »
You bet it was different.  The tree ferns were amazing.  I felt like I was in the Cretaceous Period.   Almost expected a T. rex to reach around one of these tree ferns and snatch me up.    I will post a few more pics of what I saw when I get a chance.  NZ is the most beautiful place I have ever been! 
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Re: Need Help From New Zealand Friends
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007, 12:00:29 AM »
I loved the tree ferns:




 

Also, California redwood grows very well in NZ.  Here is a pic of a grove in Rotarua planted in NZ over 100 years ago. 




 

My favorite tree that I saw in the native forest was Rimu.  However, I don't have a pic.  Is Rimu a popocarp?
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2007, 02:13:06 AM »
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Is Rimu a popocarp?

Yup, the podocarps grow here similar to the cedars and redwoods in the Nth American forests.

This is a rimu in my garden, needs a few more years yet though  :D



This thread has a few more rimu and NZ forest pics
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=18172.0

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Re: Need Help From New Zealand Friends
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2007, 11:43:59 AM »
Awesome pics in the thread.  Thanks, Ianab
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