NZ Flora

The great New Zealand lupin debate and why it matters

Lake Pukaki lupins and a wilding pine

First we need to talk about the lupin’s favoured environment being mainily the braided rivers which drain the Southern Alps – rivers that find it impossible to run in a straight line, and be anything other than dynamic. When in flood braided rivers carry sediment from the ever rising mountains [geologically speaking] and landslides that…

New Zealand’s most well known alpine plant, the Mount Cook lily (which is actually a buttercup)

Mt Cook lily in the rain - Rees Valley

The Mount Cook lily (Ranunculus lyallii) is one of the most popular icons of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. It’s fragile look belies a strength that is to be wondered at, as when flowering in Nov. the blooms literally bend in the usually extreme wind and rain, and do not break. With the onslaught of these…