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Sophora microphylla


The Kowhai (pronounced 'Core-fie' as in 'fire') tree is a native to New Zealand, which flowers in early spring, with the leaves growing later. Kowhai flowers are bell-shaped with silky yellow petals, while the trees themselves generally are rather small and woody with flexible, angular branches. The name 'Kowhai' comes from the Maori word for yellow. I saw this beautiful Kowhai tree on a walk and couldn't resist taking a photo.


A suburban front garden in sunshine.


The nectar of the Kowhai is a favourite of the Tui, along with many other native and introduced birds. I took these photographs on my phone which is why the exposure is bit odd.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Sep 18, 2013
Submitted on Sep 18, 2013

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