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
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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)