Native Garden

The native collection in the Dunedin Botanic Garden is simply outstanding. We regularly visit in order to enjoy the beauty and learn about the various species. They have an amazing variety of native plants, including many that we don’t normally see because they don’t naturally occur in the south. New Zealand.

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Took these photos on 12 June 2021, early winter in New Zealand. I simply chose four that I thought looked interesting or colourful, and I particularly like how the first one turned out 🙂

The first two pics were taken in front of the new Propagation House, across the road from the native plant collection. The last two pics were taken in the native garden.

Native passionfruit, endemic to New Zealand. Passiflora tetrandra. Kōhia.

Lancewood, the ‘fierce’ one. Pseudopanax ferox. Horoeka.

Teucrium parvifolium.

I found an ODT article about NZ’s divaricating shrubs and it had a paragraph about the Teucrium parvifolium in the botanic garden, with a photo of the shrub when it’s in leaf. ~my photo with more stem and less leaves gives a much better idea of the ‘old gold’ look. Here’s the paragraph: “Teucrium parvifolium (pictured) – A rarity, seldom encountered in the wild. It forms a compact blob, the colour of old gold. Its square stems give it away as a member of the mint family.”


Native grass flower heads shining in the afternoon sunshine.

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. As it happens, I photographed one of our native Teucrium species a couple of weeks ago: T. canadense, or American germander. I wasn’t happy with the photos, but if I can get some better ones this weekend, I’ll put one up. We also have T. cubense, which is a pretty little white flower called coastal germander. A third species is farther west: T. laciniatum, also white.

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    1. I’ve been photographing our native Passiflora incarnata , too. The flower is great, but the fruit is about the same size and shape as yours. I’ve some decent photos of those to post.

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    1. It looks so pretty when it has the fruit, I have more photos of the same native passionfruit vine(s) and will do another post about them! I’ve only seen the fruit once in the wild.

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  2. I must confess that I know absolutely nothing about passionfruit, Liz, but I was really drawn in by the shapes and the shadows in the first image. Even the clusters of colors appeared to be artfully arranged. In the other shots, it was the textures that grabbed my attention as well as the interplay of light and shadows. I can appreciate that natural beauty even if I know nothing about the subject. 🙂

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    1. As far as exotic passionfruit go, I love to eat the purple, globe-shaped passionfruit but don’t like the yellow ‘banana’ passionfruit (just personal taste, plenty of others do like them). I haven’t tasted this native ‘passionfruit’ and have only seen it fruiting in the wild on one occasion. I admire the botanic garden’s choice for a fantastic vine on the front of their building. I have more photos and will share in another post. Lancewoods I can never get enough of. Divaricating shrubs like the Teucrium are a feature of our flora (we have at least 60 divaricate species), and I love the flower-plumes of our larger native grasses. I wanted to put a post online in the late evening and just quickly chose 4 photos I liked from this particular visit on 12 June.

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