"Study the Plants of the Akaroa Reserve" Top 5 Page for this destination Akaroa Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kakapo2

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  Kaka Beak.
by Kakapo2

Such nature reserves like the Akaroa Reserve are not only great for their wildlife but also for studying the native plants.

The ones you might already recognise are the cabbage tree which many tourists mistake as a yucca palm, and the huge flax bushes with their high red to orange flowering stakes. If you travel at the end of our winter/early spring you might see yellow-flowering kowhai everywhere. The flowers look a bit like bells.

A flowering tree you might not recognise because it is not very wide-spread is from the same family. It has red flowers that have about double the size of kowhai flowers, and as they have the shape of parrot beaks they are named Kaka Beak after one of New Zealand?s endemic parrots. The latin name is Clianthus puniceus. It flowers from late winter to spring. You rather see this shrub in gardens than in the wild. It is a short-lived plant, dying down after five to ten years.

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  • Updated May 29, 2008
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