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New Zealand: Rātā flowering

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The genus Metrosideros includes not only the pōhutukawa tree but also the rātā tree, of which there are two species. Gallivanta had told us to look for flowering rātā trees when we drove west on SH 73 through the mountains across New Zealand’s South Island on February 16th, and sure enough, as we approached Arthur’s Pass we began to see some at a distance on the mountain slopes.

Southern Rata Tree Flowering 4888

At the pass itself we got a closer and brighter look at a few, which I take to be southern rātā, Metrosideros umbellata.

Southern Rata Flowers 4866

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 12, 2015 at 5:36 AM

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