A few more botanical highlights from the Foxton fieldtrip….and a katipo spider!

I also spent an enjoyable few days over Easter on the Wellington Botanical Society fieldtrip (see Leon’s blog about the trip). Here are a few more photos from the trip.

A carpet of tiny ‘3-leaf clover’-like leaves, growing on the shores of Lake Koitiata.  We think this is Hydrocotyle sulcata. Photo: Lara Shepherd

A carpet of tiny ‘3-leaf clover’-like leaves, growing on the shores of Lake Koitiata. We think this is Hydrocotyle sulcata. Photo: Lara Shepherd

The distinctive asymmetric flower of Selliera rotundifolia. Photo: Lara Shepherd

The distinctive asymmetric flower of Selliera rotundifolia. Photo: Lara Shepherd

The keen eyes of Bot Soc member Bev Abbott spotted the tiny fruit of sand gunnera (Gunnera arenaria). Photo: Lara Shepherd

The keen eyes of Bot Soc member Bev Abbott spotted the tiny fruit of sand gunnera (Gunnera arenaria). Photo: Lara Shepherd

It is difficult to believe that this tiny native species is in the same genus as the huge Chilean rhubarb. The leaves of this weedy exotic can be several metres in height.

Sand coprosma (Coprosma acerosa). The fruit colour of this species can vary but the sand coprosma we saw in the dunes near Foxton had striking blue striped fruit. Photo: Lara Shepherd

Sand coprosma (Coprosma acerosa). The fruit colour of this species can vary but the sand coprosma we saw in the dunes near Foxton had striking blue striped fruit. Photo: Lara Shepherd

During a break from botanizing Viv McGlynn located this Katipo spider under a piece of driftwood in the dunes. Photo: Lara Shepherd

During a break from botanizing Viv McGlynn located this Katipo spider under a piece of driftwood in the dunes. Photo: Lara Shepherd

Find out more about the endangered katipo here.

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