Monday, December 19, 2011
#1670 ... NZ Christmas Trees
The New Zealand Christmas trees ... alongside Te Papa. To the left you can see St Gerrards (brick church) and in front of that the top of the Telecom Christmas tree which changes colour ... bean bags underneath for you to gaze at the sparkling lights.
The Pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red flowers made up of a mass of stamens. Renowned for its vibrant colour and its ability to survive even perched on rocky, precarious cliffs, it has found an important place in New Zealand culture for its strength and beauty and is regarded as a chiefly tree (rākau rangatira) by Māori.