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Phormium cookianum

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New Zealand Flax
Phormium sp. Phormium

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craigwilliams 12 years ago

i doubled my knowledge of Phormiums and went on a nice little head trip to New Zealand thanks to your spotting :0)

FoTony 12 years ago

I have looked it up at the page you given me and than I opened it at wiki aswell. The plant that I have seen was not higher then 5 to 6 feet and it was at the Arthurs Pas, wich is alpine area and not wet lands. this meens that it should probably be P.cookianum. Now I know why I don't know much on plants. ;-)

craigwilliams 12 years ago

I've been looking at this too Tony. I'm inclined to think it's P.cookianaum which is supposed to have green inner tepals like in your photo and can have either yellow or red outer tepals. I also found a photo on this page (you need to scroll down almost to the bottom) which looks almost exactly like the flowers in your photo. It says: "..The two species occupy different habitats; P.tenax is a plant of wet, open ground, and P.cookianum is a species of subalpine habitats....."

FoTony 12 years ago

Thank you again, with your link I was able to figur out wich one it was. It is the red one indeed.

craigwilliams 12 years ago

There are only two species. I think this may be the red tepaled form of Phormium cookianum:

Antoine Verfaille
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Antoine Verfaille

West Coast, New Zealand

Spotted on Jan 16, 2010
Submitted on Jan 10, 2012

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