Tree Fuchsia Flowers

Following on from the  blue pollen image  I posted earlier I thought I’d show you some photos of the flowers of our tree fuchsia (endemic to New Zealand). These flowers are quite small and insignificant when seen within the tree canopy – they’re not showy like your typical garden fuchsia.

Fuchsia excorticata or kōtukutuku

1. this photo taken by Nigel in Dunedin NZ … enlarge to see the blue pollen

Click on ANY image below to enlarge

2. Kea feeding on NZ Fuchsia / Bernard Spragg. Wikimedia file. CC0 1.0

Kea are the only truly alpine parrot in the world. -more info on kea


The following two photos were both taken by Tony Wills. Both CC-BY-SA-3.0

3. Newly opened flower of New Zealand Tree Fuchsia. Wikimedia file

for an even more detailed view click on the photo to enlarge

4. Older flower of New Zealand Tree Fuchsia / Tony Wills. Wikimedia file


Lastly, here’s a GREAT photo of the blue pollen from Tree Fuchsia
— all over the face of a bellbird!!

Female korimako head blue with fuchsia pollen…

You need to follow the link below as I haven’t requested permission to show it

4th photo down from the top … at:   A song for korimako  / Steve Attwood

Text by Liz, photos as attributed; Exploring Colour (2020)

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      1. That’s good to hear! Haha, we’re back (again!) We’ve definitely been finding it a little harder to keep up with the blogging now that our little critter is around, bless him! 😁

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    1. Glad you liked this Gary, thanks for the feedback. I really like Steve Attwood’s photos and wish he was still blogging! In 2016 I hadn’t yet started blogging – I began in May 2017 🙂

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  1. Terrific photos, the keas have muted colors on their wings, but still very handsome. I keep running across articles, with studies and anecdotal evidence of just how intelligent parrots are.

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  2. I really enjoyed the results of all your efforts, Liz, to show the blue pollen of your tree fuschia. I now have a much better idea of what it looks like when the plant is flowering. As you can well imagine, I loved the photo of the bellbird with blue pollen all over its face in the posting for which you provided a link. Thanks.

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