Kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus albus)

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 October) we visited Larnach Castle Garden for afternoon tea and also had a quick look around the garden, despite the wet weather. I didn't have my cellphone but asked Nigel to take photos of the white kakabeak which was laden with flowers and blooming immediately above blue Lithodora. They complemented each... Continue Reading →

The Lovely Clianthus, New Zealand

Kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus) is a very beautiful native New Zealand flowering shrub and is in the same family as Kowhai (Sophora species). Terrain provides an interesting list of common names for Kakabeak: "Kaka beak tree, Parrot's Beak, Parrot's Bill, Lobster Claw" and Terrain also have some lovely photographs. Kaka are large native forest-dwelling parrots. I... Continue Reading →

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