This unusual native plant is Dracophyllum traversii, a small subalpine tree with a rather odd appearance. These photos taken Sunday 27 Aug 2017 at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Has a range of common names e.g. mountain neinei, pineapple tree, grass tree
Photo (above): Here you can see the top of the Dracophyllum (down the bottom of the picture) while above it are the multiple heads of a cabbage tree. Both trees have an odd Dr Seuss quality about them so it was nice to have them together in this photo.
Photo (below): The base of the same cabbage tree (Cordyline australis).
Text and photos by Exploring Colour 2017