Clianthus puniceus #1

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    Fabaceae - Endemic to North Island, New Zealand; critically endangered in the wild

    Kakabeak, Kaka Beak, Parrot's Beak, Parrot's Bill, Lobster Claw

    Shown: Detail of clustered flower buds

    "Clianthus puniceus, commonly known as Kaka beak (Kōwhai Ngutu-kākā in Māori), is a woody legume shrub native to New Zealand's North Island. It is one of two species of Clianthus (Kaka beak), both of which have striking clusters of red flowers which resemble the beak of the Kākā, a New Zealand parrot. The plant is also known as Parrot's Beak, Parrot's Bill and Lobster Claw. There is also a variety with white to creamy coloured flowers.

    "The species is critically endangered in the wild, known only on Moturemu Island in the Kaipara Harbour. It was previously widely grown as a garden plant, but has generally been replaced by the more robust Clianthus maximus.

    "Kaka beak grows to around two metres high, with spreading branches producing leaf stalks up to 15 cm long bearing several pairs of small leaflets. They usually flower from spring through to early summer, but can flower twice a year or even year round." (Wikipedia)

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    Photographed in my garden in San Francisco, California

    avis_gaius1956, Exotic-ch, Daniel-CR, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Liêm Phó Nhòm 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture of a very unusual plant (to me).

    2. hachadourian 35 months ago | reply

      very sexy great pic

    3. Daniel-CR 35 months ago | reply

      This is AMAZING !!

    4. Evaline Merlin 35 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot!

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